The Breast Imaging Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging provides state-of-the-art exams including breast tomosynthesis, the expertise of specialized breast radiologists, and a network of convenient metro Boston locations.
The Breast Imaging program at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging provides comprehensive screening and diagnostic exams using the latest technology, coupled with the expertise of one of the country's largest teams of specialized breast radiologists.
Working through the Comprehensive Breast Center located at Mass General in Boston, as well as at several community locations, the Breast Imaging team focuses exclusively on the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer using state-of-the-art mammography including breast tomosynthesis, ultrasound, and MRI technology.
The Breast Imaging Program provides:
- A full suite of exams including screening and diagnostic mammography, breast MRI, and ultrasound.
- Leading-edge technology, including the latest mammography equipment, ultrasound machines, and MRI scanners.
- Tight coordination with experts across Mass General. Our breast radiology team works as part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, which brings together experts from many disciplines to provide comprehensive cancer care. Every mammogram that requires followup is reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of experts who together plan a course of action.
Specialist radiologists, dedicated to your care
Every scan is read by a specialty-trained radiologist: an expert who has extensive training and real-world experience in both the imaging technology being used and the area of body in focus.
The Breast Imaging Program includes a team of 12 dedicated breast radiologists from the Breast Imaging division of the Mass General Department of Radiology, experts in detecting breast lesions through the use of digital mammography, ultrasound and MRI. Working from the Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center on the Mass General Main campus, this group is one of the nation's largest breast-imaging teams.
We work in close consultation with your doctor to schedule and plan your exam. Then we provide swift results, including a written report and image access (if your doctor desires), within 48 to 72 hours.
In the event that an exam reveals information that requires a closer look, we not only coordinate additional studies but also can help bring together a multidisciplinary team from across Mass General.
Emphasis on safety
Our commitment to safety extends through everything we do, from exam-room procedures to leading-edge research. We pay special attention to minimizing radiation exposure—without giving up image quality. We employ physicists and engineers to calibrate and maintain our equipment at the highest level, and we invest to replace outmoded equipment and bring the latest technology to our patients.
All Mass General facilities for mammography are licensed and accredited by the American College of Radiology, the FDA and the Radiation Control Program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Beyond Breast Imaging
In addition to comprehensive breast imaging, Mass General Imaging also offers exams and treatments for other aspects of women's health:
- Complete diagnostic imaging for the reproductive system, with interpretation by radiologists who have specialty training in abdominal and pelvic imaging.
- Bone densitometry testing for osteoporosis detection and monitoring.
- Minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic procedures, including:
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), which offers relief from pain and heavy bleeding caused by fibroid tumors of the uterus, along with more rapid recovery and fewer potential complications than the surgical alternative.
Endovenous thermal ablation (EVTA), which treats varicose veins.
The Breast Imaging Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging offers diagnostic exams for the following conditions.
Breast cancer is a condition in which certain cells in the breast become abnormal and multiply without control to form a tumor.
The most common type of breast infection is lactational mastitis, which causes a woman’s nipples to become cracked and sore when she is breastfeeding. Nonlactational mastitis is similar to lactational mastitis but occurs in nonlactating women.
Generalized breast lumpiness is known by names such as "fibrocystic disease" and "fibroid breasts." Doctors now believe these are just part of the normal breast changes many women undergo throughout the various stages of their lives.
An effective breastfeeding baby usually has little trouble breastfeeding even if his/her mother's nipples appear to be flatter. A less effective breastfeeder may need some time to figure out how he/she can draw the nipple into the mouth with latch-on.
Mastalgia is breast pain and is generally classified as either cyclical (associated with menstrual periods) or noncyclic.
Mastitis is often used interchangeably with the term breast infection, but mastitis may also be due to an inflammation. Often a reddened area is noted on the breast.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first X-ray mammography device that provides three-dimensional (3-D) images of the breast for breast cancer screening and diagnosis.
Edwards reportedly failed to get annual screenings herself, which may have been the reason for the late stage diagnosis of her disease. Article quotes Mass General radiologist Dr. Daniel Kopans.
A new three-dimensional mammogram device purported by the device maker Hologic to more precisely detect breast lesions and reduce the number of follow-up breast cancer screenings, when used in conjunction with conventional digital mammograms, cleared an FDA hurdle Monday.
This first-personal article, which quotes Mass General Imaging radiologist Dr. Daniel Kopans, discusses one woman's experience being called back for additional imaging after a mammogram.
Critics including Mass General breast-imaging radiologist Dr. Daniel B. Kopans believe the study's conclusion is flawed and will only serve to further confuse women and their physicians.
The combination of MR imaging and mammography can provide a cost-effective way of improving life expectancy for women who have an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a study authored by Mass General Imaging radiologist Janie M Lee.
Critics of the guidelines, issued on Monday by the US Services Task Force, an independent panel sponsored by the US Agency for Healthcare Quality, say the new guidelines are a step backward and will lead to more cancer deaths.
Important breast cancer detection method, mammograms, gets a 3D upgrade; Doctors get to "look through" tissue.
Alarmist claims about a connection between thyroid cancer rates and mammography are not only without merit but also potentially harmful if they deter women from their annual screening.
About 57 percent of women believe mammograms should start at age 40, according to a Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll.
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded Qianqian Fang, PhD, and Philips Healthcare a $500,000 grant aimed at equipping traditional mammography systems with a low-cost optical imaging system with the potential to dramatically improve breast cancer detection.
Gynecologists should urge women to have annual mammograms starting at age 40, a national doctors group said Wednesday.
In what doctors hope is a big step forward, new 3-D mammograms promise better detection and fewer false alarms for hundreds of thousands of American women.
Radio ads inform central Massachusetts residents about the services and expertise available at Mass General Imaging's Worcester location, including 3D mammography.
It's imperative that radiologists proactively find ways to keep radiation dose to a minimum, and healthcare IT can help, according to Dr. James H. Thrall, who spoke on the topic this week at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.
Mass General West Imaging - Waltham introduces new technology that improves cancer detection while reducing callbacks.
Starting breast cancer screening as early as age 25 may help women who carry a genetic mutation linked to a higher risk of cancer live longer, according to a U.S. study.
Device companies race to improve breast cancer screening, but the effectiveness of new methods is still being studied.
In a study published in the journal Cancer, Mass General researchers, with colleagues from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, found that the majority of women who die from breast cancer do not have regular mammograms.
Learn about MRI exams at Mass General Imaging. See what MRI scanners and images look like, understand MRI safety, and learn about the specialty-trained radiologists who interpret every scan.
Dr. James H. Thrall, Department of Radiology chairman emeritus, discusses The Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation, a unique research effort dedicated to reducing radiation dose for every exam Mass General Imaging performs.
As CT (computed tomography) technology has transformed the practice of medicine, Mass General Imaging has dedicated itself to making sure each exam exposes the patient to the lowest achievable amount of radiation. Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, discusses our decade-long commitment—and our success—regarding this issue.
One effective way to reduce radiation exposure is to avoid unnecessary exams. That's why Mass General Imaging has been a leader in developing software tools that guide referring physicians by not only making sure the selected exam matches the patient's needs but also suggesting radiation-free alternatives when appropriate.
Each radiologist at Mass General Imaging is a specialist in a particular area of the body. Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, explains how patients benefit from the additional specialty training our physicians have completed.
Learn more about mammograms at Mass General and how to schedule an appointment at one of our locations.
Read about breast tomosynthesis, a breakthrough in mammography pioneered at Mass General.
Every scan at Mass General Imaging is read by a radiologist with specialty training in the area of the body being studied.