Mammography

  • About

    Our breast imaging services include screening and diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, and biopsies utilizing ultrasound and stereotactic techniques. 3-D tomosynthesis mammograms are available at Lawrence General Hospital (LGH). We employ computer-aided detection (CAD) on all our mammograms to help identify areas of abnormal density, mass, or calcification.

    Our breast imagers all have years of experience, and we as a group do hundreds of breast biopsies every year. We meet regularly with pathologists, oncologists, and surgeons to discuss current cases.

    Breast MRI, with the capability of providing MR-guided biopsies, is available at LGH.

    Dr. Betty Rafferty, formerly the head of the Avon Breast Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the Director of Breast Imaging. She has a particular interest in tomosynthesis.

  • Preparation

    It is best to schedule your mammogram for the week after your period because breasts are often too tender the week before or during.

    Always inform your physician of recent illnesses, chronic medical conditions, and whether there’s a chance you may be pregnant before any procedure is performed. Also discuss any prior breast-related surgeries, hormone use, and history of breast cancer.

    On the day of the exam, do not wear deodorant, powder, or lotion under your arms or on your breasts. These can obscure the images. It is best to wear a two-piece outfit, as you will have to remove your top for the procedure.

  • Specialists