3D Mammography & Breast Tomosynthesis
Mammography is the best way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages, when a cure is most likely, the prognosis is better, and the treatment choices are greater. 3D mammography, also known as Breast Tomosynthesis, was pioneered at Massachusetts General Hospital and is the latest advancement in breast cancer detection, offering greater resolution and detail and in many cases leading to earlier cancer detection.
About Cooley Dickinson’s Mammography Program
Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Amherst Community Health Center’s Mammography programs are certified as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. This was achieved for excellence by acquiring accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast accreditations programs, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation programs.
The American College of Radiology recommends yearly mammograms for women beginning at age 40. The American Cancer Society allows for women to choose yearly mammograms beginning at age 40, and recommends yearly mammograms form ages 45 to 54 and bi-annually or yearly for ages 55 and above. You may want to discuss with your ordering provider what is appropriate for you.
Breast cancer risk factors may include family or personal history of breast cancer; early menstrual onset/late onset of menopause; breast density; use of oral contraceptives; use of hormone replacement therapy and alcohol use (two or more drinks per day). For more information about prevention and early detection, visit www.cancer.org.
Massachusetts law now requires any patient whose recent mammogram shows dense breast tissue to receive more information about what this means and where to find answers to additional questions. Patients may find more useful information at http://breast.massrad.org/.
Is it time for your mammogram? To schedule an appointment in Northampton or Amherst, call 413-582-2101; for Amherst-specific questions, call 413-253-8062.
Mammography Care Team
Pictured: Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Northampton-based Mammography Team, from left—Donna Olszewski, Lynn Szaban, Deborah Grandmont and Debra Giordano.
We provide mammograms to more than 9,000 Pioneer Valley residents each year at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and 4,000 residents at our Amherst location. Our new scheduling ability has allowed for reduced wait times, giving women quicker access to an important diagnostic test.
Cooley Dickinson’s board-certified radiologists interpret studies at both the Hospital and University Drive locations. Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Amherst Community Health Center possess a valid license and certificate of inspection from the Department of Public Health.