A commitment to breast health
Mammograms, in conjunction with breast examinations by a health professional and monthly breast self-exams, are the best means of detecting breast disease in its earliest stages. South Shore Hospital recognizes the importance of technology and education in saving lives.
South Shore Hospital's mammography screening services at South Shore Hospital Outpatient Imaging and Women's Specialty Center at 101 Columbian or South Shore Hospital Imaging at Cohasset offer mammography services in a private, comfortable, and contemporary facility staffed exclusively by women technologists. The professional staff — all women — will offer individual teaching of breast self-examination. They will candidly and attentively address your questions and concerns. All mammograms are performed with advanced medical equipment with Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) for better accuracy.
We are among first in the region to offer three-dimensional (3D) breast mammography screening, also known as breast tomosynthesis—a type of digital mammography in which x-ray machines are used to take pictures of thin slices of the breast from different angles and computer software is used to reconstruct an image. As with traditional two-dimensional (2D) mammography, 3D mammography uses very low dose x-rays, but when performed at the same time as standard 2D digital mammography, the radiation dose is slightly higher.
Each exam is interpreted by a board-certified South Shore Hospital radiologist. The program is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the FDA. Digital Mammogram appointments are available within days.
It is not unusual for you to be asked to return for an evaluation of areas of the breast that are seen on the screening mammogram as questionable, or to evaluate any palpable abnormalities. Ultrasound may be used in conjunction with a diagnostic mammogram. If needed, both will be performed at the same time. During a diagnostic mammogram, you will consult with a radiologist.
When you had your last mammogram, your report may have said that you have dense breast tissue. See the links below for helpful information on breast density.
American Cancer Society Breast Density and Your Mammogram Report
Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment Tool
American College of Radiology Breast Density & Breast Cancer Screening