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We offer a range of medical imaging exams at Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare–Chestnut Hill.
Our board-certified radiologists, who are also on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provide expert evaluation — diagnosing or detecting abnormalities in bone, tissue and other internal organs. Our technologists are fully licensed and credentialed in their specific area of expertise.
Appointments & Hours
All radiology exams offered at Chestnut Hill require a physician’s order, except for screening mammography. Your doctor will provide you with the information needed for your exam.
Screening mammography helps detect early stage breast cancer. Digital mammography uses the latest technology available for breast imaging, featuring faster exposure time and improved image contrast, making it easier for radiologists to see abnormalities, compared to film mammography.
We also offer 3-D mammography (digital breast tomosynthesis) at Chestnut Hill.
You do not need an order from your physician to schedule a screening mammogram.
Preparing for a Mammogram
Please do not wear deodorant or talcum powder
Dress comfortably so you can remove clothing from your waist up
Computed Tomography (CT) is a diagnostic tool that combines X-rays with state-of-the-art technology to produce "cross-sectional" images of the body. These images show veins, organs, bones and tissue in great detail.
Procedures using CT are quick, with most taking 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
An ultrasound exam uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image, with outstanding detail and clarity, of many of the body’s internal structures. Ultrasound exams do not hurt and take, on average, about 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
Using state-of-the-art ultrasound systems, we provide a number of ultrasound exams at Chestnut Hill.
Obstetrical (size and anatomy of the fetus, growth of pregnancy)
Pelvic (uterus and ovaries)
Abdominal (liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidney, spleen and aorta)
We provide walk-in service at Chestnut Hill for routine, diagnostic imaging. Routine X-rays can include images of the:
All of our technologists are experienced in adult and pediatric imaging. We use digital radiography, which produces computer images that we can interpret and share immediately with your referring physician.
Bone density tests measure bone mass. Strong bones have high mineral density, or mass, which helps prevent fracture.
Bone density testing can tell if you have, or if you are at risk for, osteoporosis (low bone mass), a treatable condition that causes bone structure to deteriorate. Fragile bones can also increase the possibility for fractures of the hips, spine and wrist.
Most insurance companies will pay for a bone density test once a year, though some plans only allow testing every two years. Please check with your insurance company if you have questions.
Obtaining Copies of Your Medical Images
If you need copies of your images, you can pick them up here at Chestnut Hill, or in the Department of Radiology at BIDMC in Boston, during normal office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm).