A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray image created of your breast or breasts. Physicians use the mammogram to regularly screen healthy women for breast cancer. It plays a key role in the early detection. Often, the mammogram can pick up findings years before they would be identified by breast self-examination or clinical breast examination.
Women & Infants was the first hospital in the region to offer the latest in mammogram technology - digital breast tomosynthesis. This gives the radiologists more precise, three-dimensional views of the breast tissue and boosts the rate of early detection, while also lowering the rate of false positives.
Although mammography cannot identify abnormality as breast cancer, any concerning findings can be further investigated by minimally-invasive biopsy to determine if they are benign or malignant. Finding breast cancer early, when the cancer is small, improves the patient's response to treatment and often requires less surgery, radiation or drug treatment.
To schedule a routine mammography or to learn more, contact us at
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41248.
While mammography is our best proven screening test, it is not perfect. Therefore, if a woman identifies a concerning change in her breast, she should contact her health care provider. In addition, regular examinations by her provider are important components of breast cancer detection.
The new low-dose mammography technology makes mammography screening safe and accurate.
Recommendations for Early Detection of Breast Cancer
These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer. Women at high-risk because of family history, a breast condition, or another reason may need to begin screening earlier and/or screen more often. Talk with your medical provider to be sure.
- At Women & Infants, our providers recommend annual screening mammograms beginning at age 40, as recommended by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Biannual screening could be considered at the age of 55 as endorsed by the American Cancer Society. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health. Once a woman enters her 70's or 80's, she should speak with her primary care provider about screening recommendations.
- Note that breast self-exam or a clinical breast exam is not proven to be an effective breast cancer screening tool and cannot replace mammography for screening.
Routine mammograms are scheduled:
- Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturdays from 7:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mammograms are completed in the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Women & Infants in two locations. Schedule a mammogram by calling (401) 274-1122, ext. 41248.
Free valet parking is available to patients who come to Women & Infants for diagnostic tests such as mammograms. Valet parking is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please use the circular drive in front of Women & Infants' main entrance at 101 Dudley Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Valet parking staff will park your cars and retrieve them for you. If your test lasts beyond 5 p.m., your keys will be held by the security staff near the triage entrance.