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Mammograms

mammogramBreast cancer is much more treatable when detected in its early stages. Mammograms, a set of breast images taken with low dose X-rays, are effective routine screening tests that have been proven to find breast cancer early.

For women with an average risk for developing breast cancer, a mammogram is the best breast cancer screening test available.

Our comfortable Breast Imaging facility at BIDMC offers state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment, including computer-aided detection on all of our mammograms. This software assists the Breast Imaging radiologist in reading the mammogram images by using programs to point out areas that might be of concern.

We also offer 3-D mammography (digital breast tomosynthesis) to our patients in Boston and Chestnut Hill.
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Our radiologists are fellowship-trained in Breast Imaging and/or have more than 20 years of experience reading mammograms. Each radiologist is sub-specialized, meaning they spend nearly all of their time at the BreastCare Center reading breast images.

Types of Mammograms

Mammography image of healthy breast tissueA routine screening mammogram is taken on a regular basis, usually annually, to screen for changes in the breast. Several images of each breast are taken, from the top facing down and from the side.

A diagnostic mammogram is taken when an area of concern has been found in the breast. Though similar to a screening mammogram, diagnostic imaging usually includes extra breast images and additional manipulating of the breast tissue in order to examine the concerned area more closely.

Schedule a Mammogram

For more information or to make an appointment:

  • Call 617-754-9500

We offer both diagnostic and routine screening mammograms at several convenient locations. All of our locations use advanced mammography equipment, and all mammograms are read and interpreted by the same highly-trained team of radiologists at BIDMC’s BreastCare Center.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mammograms

Dr. Tejas Mehta looking at breast imagesLearn more about the importance of mammograms and what you can expect during your screening with the answers to these questions and many more.

Contact Information

Breast Imaging
Department of Radiology
Shapiro Clinical Center, 4th Floor
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-754-9500

Breast Tissue Density

If you've had a mammogram at BIDMC, you likely have received a letter about dense breast tissue.


mammogram imageEffective January 1, 2015, a new law in MA requires all mammogram service providers to notify patients if they have dense breast tissue, what it is, and how it can potentially interfere with the detection of breast cancer.


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