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.

3D Mammography is available at all four of our mammography locations, Health Image, Melrose, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Medford, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading and at the Breast Health Center in Stoneham.

How to Prepare for a Mammogram

While the mammogram is a short test, there are a few things you can do to help simplify the procedure.

  • •   Bring previous mammogram films if you were tested at a different facility.
  • •   Do not apply powder, creams, or deodorant on the day of the mammogram as they may contain substances that could interfere with the accuracy of the x-rays.
  • •   Wear a top with a skirt or slacks since you will be asked to remove your top and bra.

What is the difference between a screening mammogram 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.


How Can We Help


Having regular screening mammograms is the best way to detect early breast cancer - mammograms can detect over 90 percent of breast cancers.

A mammogram is a picture of the breast that shows if the breast tissue is healthy. Our board-certified mammographers x-ray each breast and the total procedure takes only a few minutes. Mammograms can find tumors when they are too small to be felt, even by a physician.

The American Cancer Society recommends women over age 40 have a mammogram every year. With early detection, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.


Risk Factors


All women can get breast cancer, but some women, because of certain factors, may have an increased chance of having breast cancer. Some of these risk factors include:

  • •   A personal history of breast cancer.
  • •   A family history of breast or ovarian cancer.
  • •   Female hormones in the body longer due to early periods or late menopause.
  • •   Taking birth control pills and estrogen.

A woman's risk of developing breast cancer also increases with age. In fact, 75-80 percent of breast cancers are found in women age 50 and older.

 


3D Mammography Locations


To schedule an appointment at one of the following locations, please call (781) 338-7111 or go online to request an appointment.


Breast Health Center - (781) 224-5806

41 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham MA 02180
Monday through Saturday

Lawrence Memorial Hospital
170 Governors Avenue, Medford, MA 02155


Health Image
830 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176


Hallmark Health Medical Center Reading
30 New Crossing Road, Reading, MA 01867

 

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