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Imaging/Radiology

Mammography

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 — digital mammography with Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) to provide the latest technology for better accuracy. 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. To schedule your mammography appointment, call 781-624-4090.

About your screening mammogram

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. A mammogram can detect a tumor too small to be felt and is “the most effective method for detecting early-stage breast cancer,” according to the National Cancer Institute. Mammography is a simple, low-dose breast x-ray.

The procedure takes less than 30 minutes. Technologists specialize in performing mammography with sensitivity to women’s concerns. Prior to the exam, the technologist will review a brief questionnaire with you about your health history. It is requested that you not use powders or deodorants on the day of your mammogram. These products often contain substances that interfere with obtaining a high-quality mammogram. Some women find the procedure slightly uncomfortable. Women may wish to schedule the mammogram during the week following menstruation, when breasts may be less sensitive.

When to have a screening mammogram

The American Cancer Society suggests the following guidelines:

  • Baseline screening between ages 35 and 40
  • Annual screening after 40

Women with a family history of breast cancer may be eligible for an annual screening mammography before age 40. Consult your health care provider and insurer for the schedule appropriate for you.

Scheduling your visit

Digital mammogram appointments can be scheduled within days of a request, so you can have prompt access to this important health screening. Please phone 781-624-4090 to schedule your visit. Early mornings, evenings, and Saturday appointments are available for your convenience.

Previous mammograms are essential for the radiologists to have when interpreting your mammogram. The center will help you obtain these images if they were taken at  another facility.

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.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a medical diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves — not radiation — to distinguish one form of tissue from another. It is commonly performed on women for breast exams and to evaluate abnormalities seen on a mammogram or a palpable lump in the breast. Qualified, registered sonographers use the latest ultrasound equipment.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

A strong magnet is used to create images of tissue based on the number and type of hydrogen atoms within the tissue. Often superior to normal x-ray images, these scans may be used for detecting some cancers, or following their progress.

Follow-up Care

Our Breast Care Center provides comprehensive care for patients with benign or malignant breast conditions. The highly experienced staff includes board-certified surgeons who are affiliated with South Shore Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. You can learn more about The Breast Care Center: dfbwcc.org/southshore

Where to find us:

South Shore Hospital Outpatient Imaging and
Women’s Specialty Center at 101 Columbian
101 Columbian Street, South Weymouth

South Shore Hospital Imaging at Cohasset
223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway
(Route 3A), Cohasset

Payment

You are encouraged to contact your individual insurer prior to your visit to determine their guidelines for payment of mammography services. Also, bring your insurance card on the day of the exam.

    

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