Diagnostic Imaging Services
Walk-In Screening Mammograms
Walk-In Screening Mammograms are now available at Framingham Union Hospital and the Wellness Center. Please click here for walk-in hours and additional information.
Digital mammography is a specific type of low-dose, non-invasive X-ray used to examine breast tissue, commonly searching for breast irregularities. Digital mammograms let your doctor focus in on the areas of concern, enhance readability, and improve interpretation of the images. Medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer is often linked to early detection. The American Cancer Society continues to recommend a screening mammogram every year for women, beginning at the age of 40. Women who have had breast cancer or those with a family history of breast cancer should talk with their physician regarding individualized recommendations for age and screening frequency. The Susan G. Komen foundation breast cancer screening recommendations for women at higher risk can be found here.
A typical mammogram consists of two views of each breast, (occasionally, more may be needed). In all four views, the breasts are compressed firmly between two plates. The breast compression and positioning that occurs during filming is necessary in order to acquire the best possible visualization of breast tissue. Our facility is accredited by the American College of Radiology and our technologists will work hard to ensure that the examination is as brief as possible and to minimize any discomfort.
Preparing for a Mammogram
At the time of your appointment scheduling, please advise us if you have breast implants or have had any breast surgery. In the event you have had previous mammograms, taken at another facility, please obtain the films and bring them with you. On the day of your test, do not wear deodorant, powder, lotion, or jewelry around your neck. Wear a two-piece outfit, as you will be asked to undress completely from the waist up. The actual procedure of obtaining images takes about 15 minutes. A radiologist will study your mammogram images and report the results to your physician.
For more information about any of these procedures, including how to prepare and what to expect, visit www.radiologyinfo.com, or one of the helpful links listed below.
American Cancer Society Detailed Guide: Breast Cancer
Susan G. Komen Early Detection & Screening for Breast Cancer