Breast Imaging

The Breast Imaging Program provides state-of-the-art exams including breast tomosynthesis, the expertise of specialized breast radiologists, and a network of convenient metro Boston locations.
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About this Program


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.

 Read about Mammography 

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 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.

Coordinated care

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:


Conditions & Diseases

The Breast Imaging Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging offers diagnostic exams for the following conditions.

  • Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is a condition in which certain cells in the breast become abnormal and multiply without control to form a tumor.

  • Breast Infections and Inflammations

    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.

  • Fibrocystic Breast Changes

    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.

  • Flat or Inverted Nipples

    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 (Breast Pain)

    Mastalgia is breast pain and is generally classified as either cyclical (associated with menstrual periods) or noncyclic.

  • Mastitis

    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.


News and Information about Mammography

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.


  • 3D mammography: breast tomosynthesis

    Breast Tomosynthesis

    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.

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

    Images of Imaging: MRI

    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.

  • The Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation

    Webster Center takes on radiation-dose reduction

    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.

  • Radiation reduction: Our ongoing objective

    Radiation reduction: Our ongoing commitment

    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.

  • Decision tools support radiation-reduction efforts

    Decision tools support radiation-reduction efforts

    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.

  • Imaging specialists, focused on you

    Imaging specialists, focused on you

    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.

Request an Appointment Request a mammogram

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