Mammography at Hallmark Health


We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art technology and quality screening and diagnostic mammography services. As with all Hallmark Health services, we also recognize the importance of providing you convenient, accessible care with compassion and respect.


Hallmark Health offers a comprehensive breast health program, including four locations for screening mammography with a Breast Health Center for those women who require additional diagnostics and/or treatment.


3D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis)


A mammogram is an x-ray of your breast. It can detect breast tumors before they are felt. 3D mammography is performed at the same time as your annual 2D mammogram.   A 3D mammogram views your breast tissue layer by layer. So instead of viewing your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible.

We offer the most advanced technology available today for breast care and screening. The latest technology coupled with experience and compassion leaves you with peace of mind.

Screening Mammogram Locations:

  • •   Breast Health Center – 41 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham
  • •   Lawrence Memorial Hospital – 170 Governors Avenue, Medford
  • •   Health Image – 830 Main Street, Melrose
  • •   Hallmark Health Medical Center – Reading

Screening Mammograms are available on Saturdays at our Breast Health Center location.


Diagnostic Mammogram Location:

  • •   Breast Health Center – 41 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham (781) 224-5806

All Hallmark Health mammography centers are licensed by the Department of Public Health and accredited by the American College of Radiology.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is 3D mammography?

A mammogram is an x-ray of your breast. It can detect breast tumors before they can be felt. A 3D mammogram views your breast tissue layer by layer. So instead of viewing your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible. 3D mammography is performed at the same time as your annual 2D mammogram.

When should I begin having a mammogram?
The American College of Radiology/Society of Breast Imaging and the American Cancer Society recommends that you have a mammogram every year beginning at age 40 or in some cases earlier if you have symptoms or a family history of breast cancer.

What is the difference between a “screening” and a “diagnostic” mammogram? 

A screening mammogram is done once a year to check for a breast abnormality in women who do not have any signs or symptoms of breast disease.

A diagnostic mammogram is done when additional views are requested by a radiologist from a screening mammogram, or in symptomatic patients with pain, lump or nipple discharge. All diagnostic mammograms are completed at our Breast Health Center in Stoneham.

What should I wear?
If possible, please wear a two piece outfit, you will be asked to remove your top and bra.

Why can’t I use deodorant the morning of my mammogram?
Deodorant can mimic breast calcifications on the mammogram image, resulting in some women being unnecessarily called back for additional exams.

Does a mammogram hurt?
Most women say that mammograms are not painful but many find them uncomfortable, especially due to the need for breast compression.

Why do we compress your breast during a mammogram?
Breast compression allows us to obtain a clearer image.

How long does the exam take?
The exam usually takes 15 minutes.

If I am called back for additional views, what does this mean?

A routine screening mammogram consists of several images of each breast. These images are read by a radiologist who may determine he/she needs additional views for a complete interpretation. Often normal breast tissue can overlap, creating a questionable area. Additional views are not the same views as your screening mammogram, they are with a different angle or position that can clear up any question the radiologist may have.

If it is determined that you need to have additional views, we will contact you directly to set up an appointment at the Breast Health Center in Stoneham. Please understand that many women are called back and then confirmed to have no need for additional testing until their next regular screening mammogram.

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call (781) 338-7111 to reschedule.

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