In the Breast Imaging Section, we are dedicated to detecting and diagnosing breast tumors in a caring and supportive environment. We work closely with our clinical colleagues as part of the multidisciplinary team.
We are located at the Baystate Breast & Wellness Center
Appointments for mammography or breast ultrasound can be made by calling central booking at 413-794-2222. For consultations, second opinions with a radiologist, and to schedule procedures, please call the Baystate Breast & Wellness Center directly at 413-794-8899.
Mammography and Breast Ultrasound
The American Cancer Society recommends screening mammography every year for all women beginning at age 40. Some women who are at high risk may have screening mammograms recommended at an earlier age. The examination usually consists of 2 views of each breast, with additional views performed as needed. During the mammogram, a plastic paddle is used to compress your breast tissue; this may cause momentary discomfort but is essential for obtaining the clearest possible films and giving you the best chance to have an abnormality detected in its earliest stages. You should not use deodorant or talcum powder before the exam.
Baystate Breast & Wellness Center offers fully accredited state-of-the-art mammography equipment. This allows for high-quality imaging while minimizing radiation exposure.
Experienced and specialized technologists, who are licensed to perform mammography by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, perform the mammograms. Studies are interpreted promptly by experienced radiologists. Representative radiologists from this section give local and national presentations on breast imaging, attend national conferences every year to keep up-to-date on the latest developments, examine on the National Radiology Boards in Breast Imaging, and are active in research pertaining to this subspecialty.
A dedicated state-of-the-art ultrasound unit, providing outstanding diagnostic detail, is also located at the Center. Ultrasound requires no patient preparation and uses sound waves rather than x-rays to examine the breast tissue. Ultrasound is frequently used to evaluate a mass found on physical examination or to characterize an abnormality seen on mammography.
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy with Ultrasound or Stereotactic Guidance
Minimally invasive breast biopsy procedures are offered using either ultrasound or digital stereotactic (computerized mammogram) equipment to guide the biopsy. These procedures are very safe, accurate and well tolerated by patients, and reduce the need for open surgical biopsy. A complete breast biopsy program is offered at the Baystate Breast & Wellness Center
When a suspicious abnormality is discovered on mammography or ultrasound, biopsy is recommended because the imaging appearance alone often does not allow us to determine whether a finding is benign or malignant. It is important to keep in mind that most abnormalities detected by mammography and are biopsied turn out to be benign (60-80%) and present no health risk to the patient. A benign result from core needle biopsy allows most women to avoid surgery. Needle core biopsy requires less recovery time than surgery and usually has less scarring and cosmetic deformity. If you need to have this type of procedure, our highly trained and experienced staff will provide you with detailed information and support before, during, and after the biopsy.
Ductography, a procedure used to evaluate women having suspicious nipple discharge, is also performed at the Needle localization procedures, that are needed before some surgical breast biopsies, are performed using mammography units at the Baystate Medical Center Chestnut Surgical Center
Second opinions and consultations with one of our radiologists are available by appointment. If you would like to review and discuss findings on a mammogram or other breast imaging study with an experienced radiologist, please call 413-794-8899 to schedule an appointment. If additional mammography or ultrasound evaluation is needed