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Early Detection

A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray image created of your breast or breasts. Physicians use the mammogram to regularly screen healthy women for breast cancer. It plays a key role in the early detection. Often, the mammogram can pick up findings years before they would be identified by breast self-examination or clinical breast examination.

In addition to standard screening and diagnostic mammograms, Women & Infants was the first facility in the state to offer the latest breast mammography technology called digital breast tomosynthesis. Tomosynthesis, which is now available in two Women & Infants locations, gives radiologists a three-dimensional look at breast tissue, versus the traditional two-dimensional images, which means they have a clearer and more comprehensive view. The result is a 15 percent increase in early detection of breast cancer and a reduction in false positives, which require further testing and cause you unnecessary anxiety.

Although mammography cannot identify abnormality as breast cancer, any concerning findings can be further investigated by minimally invasive biopsy to determine if they are benign or malignant. Finding breast cancer early, when the cancer is small, improves the patient's response to treatment and often requires less surgery, radiation or drug treatment.

Mammography services are available at:

Women & Infants Hospital
101 Dudley Street | Level 0
Providence, RI 02905

Hours

Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 Directions
Women & Infants Medical Office Building
1050 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Hours

Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Mondays and Thursdays until 8 p.m.)
Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon
 Directions

Free valet parking is available to patients who come in to Women & Infants Hospital for diagnostic tests such as mammograms. Valet parking is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please use the circular drive in front of Women & Infants' main entrance at 101 Dudley Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Valet parking staff will park your cars and retrieve them for you. If your test lasts beyond 5 p.m., your keys will be held by the security staff near the triage entrance.

To schedule a routine mammography or to learn more, contact us at
(401) 274-1122, ext. 41248.

Mammograms are also offered at:

Care New England Medical Group Primary Care and Specialty Services
111 Brewster Street
Pawtucket, RI
P: (401) 729-2334

Hours

Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon
Call (401) 729-2334 to schedule an appointment.
Kent Hospital
455 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI
P: (401) 736-1988

Hours

Monday – Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call (401) 736-1988 to schedule an appointment.

While mammography is our best proven screening test, it is not perfect. Therefore, if a woman identifies a concerning change in her breast, she should contact her health care provider. In addition, regular examinations by her provider are important components of breast cancer detection.

Safe Test

The new low-dose mammography technology makes mammography screening safe and accurate.

Recommendations for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer. Women at high-risk because of family history, a breast condition, or another reason may need to begin screening earlier and/or screen more often. Talk with your medical provider to be sure.

  • At Women & Infants, our providers recommend annual screening mammograms beginning at age 40, as recommended by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Biannual screening could be considered at the age of 55 as endorsed by the American Cancer Society. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health. Once a woman enters her 70's or 80's, she should speak with her primary care provider about screening recommendations.
  • Note that breast self-exam or a clinical breast exam is not proven to be an effective breast cancer screening tool and cannot replace mammography for screening.