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 services are offered at two convenient locations—South Shore Hospital Outpatient Imaging and Women's Specialty Center at 101 Columbian and South Shore Hospital Imaging at Cohasset—each featuring:
- Advanced digital mammography with Computer-Aided Detection (CAD), providing the highest level of accuracy for even the smallest of tumors. We are also 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.
- Professional staff comprised exclusively of women, who offer personalized breast self-examination counseling and attentively address any questions or concerns.
- Private, comfortable and contemporary setting to put you at ease
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 mammography appointments are available within days—so don’t wait to get peace of mind. Call (781) 624-4090 to schedule your screening. Early morning, evening and Saturday appointments are available for your convenience at both locations:
South Shore Hospital Outpatient Imaging and Women’s Specialty Center
101 Columbian Street, South Weymouth
South Shore Hospital Imaging
223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Route 3A), Cohasset
Follow-up Diagnostic mammograms
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