Diagnostic and Screening Mammograms
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, when it is much more
For women with an
of 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, which includes software to point out areas
on the images that might be of concern.
We also offer
(digital breast tomosynthesis) to our patients in Boston and Chestnut Hill.
Our radiologists are fellowship-trained in breast imaging and/or have more
than 20 years of experience reading mammograms.
Types of Mammograms
A 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 more images and additional manipulating
of the breast tissue in order to examine the concerned area more closely.
Where to Get a Mammogram
We offer both screening and diagnostic mammograms at
several convenient locations. All 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.