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Breast Health and Imaging Treatments and Services

The breasts can undergo changes that cause symptoms such as lumps or pain. Benign breast conditions are common, and non-cancerous. However, early detection of breast cancer is critical.

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, we offer the latest mammography and diagnostic imaging services:

  • Screening mammography is used to find early stage breast cancer at a time when it is more easily cured—when the cancer is still too small to be felt as a lump, and when the risk of cancer spreading is still low. Dartmouth-Hitchcock offers the latest breast health services and mammography breast exams including 2-D digital mammography and 3-D digital breast mammography tomosynthesis.
  • Diagnostic imaging is available if your screening mammogram suggests that you need further testing or you are found to have a breast problem by you or your provider. We have a full range of diagnostic tests to help find you an answer as soon as possible.

Breast cancer care

The Breast Health and Imaging team is part of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center's Comprehensive Breast Program. If you receive a cancer diagnosis, our team works with you to select a treatment plan that is right for you.

Benign breast disease

We treat many types of benign breast disease. Benign breast conditions are very common and usually do not lead to cancer. Breast lumps, infection, certain types of nipple discharge, and pain are evaluated and treated on an individual basis.

When should I start having mammograms?

Women who prefer to maximize life-extending benefits and seek improved treatment options for breast cancer should choose annual screening starting at age 40. They should continue as long as they are in good health.

Get the facts about your options for starting mammograms, with this decision aid on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website.

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