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Early Detection

A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray picture taken of your breast or breasts. Physicians use the mammogram to regularly screen healthy women for changes in their breasts. It plays a key role in the detection of suspicious breast lumps and calcifications. Sometimes, the mammogram can pick up these lumps a year or two before they would be noticed through breast self-exams.

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 a lump as breast cancer, any unusual findings or lumps can be further investigated to determine if they are benign or cancerous tumors. 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.

Approximately 10 percent of breast cancers will not be identified by mammogram, even if they can be felt as lumps. For this reason, regular examinations by a health care provider are important components of breast cancer detection.

Safe Test

The new low-dose mammography technology makes mammography screening safe and accurate. The latest American Cancer Society guidelines are as follows:

Age Recommendations for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

  • 20 -39 - Clinical breast examination by a doctor or nurse every three years, monthly breast self-examinations.
  • 40+ - Annual mammogram and annual clinical breast examination by a doctor or nurse. Clinical breast exam should be done close to the time of the breast self-examinations.


Routine mammograms are scheduled:

  • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mammograms are completed in the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Women & Infants in three 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.

Location and Directions

Women & Infants Hospital
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI 02905

Women & Infants Medical Office Building
2168 Diamond Hill Road
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Women & Infants Medical Office Building
1050 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818