A mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breast, most often used to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early—sometimes up to three years before a lump can be felt.
Emerson Hospital uses the latest digital 3D mammography (called tomosynthesis) to better screen patients with dense breast tissue. This technology produces images that are higher in quality and lower in radiation dose—and reduces the need for repeat exams by up to 40% because it’s so accurate.
In addition, our board-certified radiologists use computer-aided detection to help find even the smallest abnormality and deliver the most accurate diagnosis possible.
Mammography services are available at the Hermel Breast Health Center in Concord and at the Westford Health Center. Notably, the Hermel Breast Health Center is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the Commission on Quality and Safety, and the Commission on Breast Imaging of the American College of Radiology—ensuring that we’ve met comprehensive national standards for quality.
Learn more about Emerson Hospital’s comprehensive breast health services
What a mammogram involves
When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be given a gown and asked to remove neck jewelry and clothing from the waist up. Wearing a two-piece outfit makes this easier.
A technologist will bring you into a private exam room where you’ll stand at the mammography machine. The technologist will position your breasts for the mammogram. You and the technologist are the only ones in the room during the mammogram.
To obtain a high-quality image, your breast must be flattened. To do this, the technologist places your breast on the machine’s clear acrylic lower plate. The upper plate is lowered to compress your breast for a few seconds while the technologist takes a picture.
The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes. The actual breast compression lasts only a few seconds.
Two views of each breast are taken for a screening mammogram. For some women with large breasts or breast implants, more images may be needed.
After your mammogram, you may dress and resume your normal activities.
Insurance coverage for mammograms
Screening mammography is covered by insurance. If you’re scheduled for a follow-up or call-back exam—which are considered diagnostic procedures—you should contact your insurance plan to determine your coverage (if there’s a deductible or co-pay, for example).
Questions about mammography?
If you have any questions or concerns about mammography, we encourage you to contact us. Our experienced team will address your concerns candidly, respectfully and attentively.
Learn more about mammograms. Visit the American Cancer Society
To obtain your mammogram results
Federal law requires mammogram facilities to send your results to you within 30 days, but you can usually expect to receive your results from us sooner.
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To obtain test results
By law, this requires a signed medical records release form and photo identification. To make a request, please call:
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Call 1-978-287-8107 to schedule an appointment for mammography.