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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.
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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:
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 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.
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.
In addition to comprehensive breast imaging, Mass General Imaging also offers exams and treatments for other aspects of women's health:
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.
Keep updated with the latest news and information about mammograms and the breast imaging services offered by the Division of Breast Imaging in the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The American Cancer Society recommends new breast cancer screening guidelines.
In a new website launched Oct. 1 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MGH employees shared the reason they have had their mammograms. And their moving answers, along with photos and videos, are now part of the website created by MGH Imaging.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Mass General Imaging is hosting educational events to support women’s breast health. Learn more about this year's events in at Mass General locations in Boston, Waltham, Danvers and Revere.
Breast imaging experts at Massachusetts General Hospital explain the state's new breast density law and its impact on patients.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Mass General Imaging is hosting educational events to support women's breast health. Learn more about this year's events in Boston, Waltham, Danvers, Revere and Chelsea.
Another large-population study finds that breast tomosynthesis is associated with better performance for breast cancer screening.
This issue of Radiology Rounds, the department's clinical newsletter, examines several large clinical trials that have compared screening with conventional digital mammography to screening with both breast tomosynthesis and conventional digital mammography.
The latest breakthrough in mammography, breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) is now available at the MGH Revere HealthCare Center.
Breast biopsies can adversely affect short-term quality-of-life, and the effects are more pronounced in younger patients, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.
Mass General Imaging has 50 breast imaging technologists at three locations who guide women through mammograms every day. Read their advice for your first mammogram...or your twentieth.
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.
Device companies race to improve breast cancer screening, but the effectiveness of new methods is still being studied.
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.
Mass General West Imaging - Waltham introduces new technology that improves cancer detection while reducing callbacks.
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.
Gynecologists should urge women to have annual mammograms starting at age 40, a national doctors group said Wednesday.
About 57 percent of women believe mammograms should start at age 40, according to a Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll.
The Breast Imaging Program at Massachusetts General Hospital today welcomes its first patient to undergo three-dimensional breast tomosynthesis screening. Also known as 3D mammography, this technology promises to improve cancer detection and reduce false positives.
Important breast cancer detection method, mammograms, gets a 3D upgrade; Doctors get to "look through" tissue.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first X-ray mammography device that provides three-dimensional (3D) images of the breast for breast cancer screening and diagnosis.
Pioneered at Mass General Imaging, breast tomosynthesis provides a clear view through overlapping layers of breast tissue in order to improve breast-cancer detection while reducing callbacks.
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.
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