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Breast Health and Imaging

Mammography exams are performed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord by our technologists who are certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Breast ultrasound exams are performed either by radiologist physicians or registered sonographers specializing in breast ultrasound. Breast biopsy and localization procedures are offered using stereotactic, ultrasound or MRI guidance and are performed by a subset of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord specialty physicians dedicated to breast imaging and procedures.

Breast imaging services

  • Screening mammography uses low dose X-rays to take two complementary images of each breast. The exam takes approximately 20 minutes in total and is used to discover early stage breast cancer before the cancer grows large enough to cause symptoms or spread outside of the breast. Early detection usually allows for less intensive, less toxic therapies and more effective treatment. More information available on our mammograms page.

Schedule a screening mammography exam

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord will begin offering mammography screenings in November of 2015. For more information or to schedule an appointment call (603) 229-5455.

  • Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate signs or symptoms of a breast problem (such as a breast lump) that may have been discovered by the patient or doctor. Diagnostic mammography may also be done after an abnormal screening mammogram to learn if there is truly a problem or if the abnormality was a false alarm. It may also be used to make sure there has been no change in a probably benign abnormality noted on prior mammogram and/or ultrasound.
  • Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is the most sensitive breast imaging modality, used in screening exams for women with a genetic predisposition or strong family history of breast cancer, for characterization of a newly diagnosed breast cancer, for follow-up monitoring after chemotherapy or surgery, or to evaluate the status of a breast implant. An MRI exam is a radiation-free and painless procedure lasting between 30 and 90 minutes.
  • Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of internal structures. It is often used to identify the nature of breast lumps or abnormalities found in mammography, or for non-invasive image guidance in procedures like cyst aspirations or breast needle biopsy.
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