Mammography Services at NARH
Scheduling Office: (413) 664-5405
(Call anytime Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
You can request an appointment right now for your next mammogram! Please call our Scheduling Office at (413) 664-5405 to make a convenient appointment. (We even have some evening appointment times so you don't have to miss work!)
NARH’s Mammography program is accredited by the American College of Radiology. The Medical Imaging Department includes qualified interpreting radiologists Jeffrey Bath, M.D., Brian McElaney, MD, and Henry Gold, M.D.
Registered mammographers among NARH’s medical imaging staff include lead mammographer Debra Corkins, Jessica Lockenwicz, Donna Rivard, Diane Saunders, Mary St. Hilaire, and Kathy Troop.
Mammography uses a specialized X-ray machine to produce detailed images of the breast.
You will be asked not to use any powders, deodorants or perfumes the day of the exam because they may leave small particles of residue on your skin that could show up on the X-ray film.
It will be more convenient to wear two-piece outfits, because you will be asked to undress from the waist up. If you schedule your appointment for shortly after your menstrual cycle, your breast will be less tender.
The technologist will explain the procedure to you. You will be positioned at the machine for the first picture, which is usually done in a standing position. After the breast has been properly positioned, a plastic plate called the compression device will be firmly pressed against your breast. With firm compression, we obtain the best possible picture of the inside of your breast with the least amount of radiation.
Compression may be uncomfortable, but it lasts for a very short time. As soon as the X-ray exposure is made, the compression will automatically release and the technologist will position you for the side view of your breast.
Occasionally, it is necessary for the technologist to obtain an additional view of one or both breasts. This does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong, but may be required to assure that all the breast tissue have been filmed.
The mammogram itself can be completed within 10 to 15 minutes. However, there will be a wait before the exam while you change into a hospital gown and after the exam to make sure that no further films are needed.
NARH’s mammography program is accredited by American College of Radiology.