Breast Center Services

The Cambridge Breast Center will coordinate all the services you need.

Breast Imaging

The CHA breast imaging center is equipped with state-of the-art breast health technology. These tests give your team important information about your health.

We are an American College of Radiology Center of Excellence and our goal is to meet your physical and emotional needs.

3-D Mammography

Mammograms are a special kind of X-rays used detect breast cancer early. They can find lumps and/or small early changes in the beast such as microcalcifications. During the procedure, the breast is compressed or squeezed to increase image quality so that x-rays can penetrate. The mammogram can also be used to do a breast biopsy.

Ultrasound

This is used to further examine abnormalities seen on the mammogram or during a breast exam. It uses sound waves to create an image of the breast without radiation, and can show a solid mass from a cystic or liquid filled lump. This can also be used to do a breast biopsy.

Breast MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)

An MRI uses a powerful magnet to create images inside the body.  Breast MRI is used on certain patients to provide more information about how the breast functions. It will show things not seen on mammogram or ultrasound, and may indicate if a biopsy is needed. It can also be used to do a breast biopsy. The radiologist will tell you which biopsy method is better if you need one.

Breast Biopsies

Stereotactic biopsy

A biopsy that uses the mammogram to help the radiologist find the area that needs a small sample taken for testing. This is taken with a small needle and local anesthesia (numbing medicine similar to what is used at the dentist) is applied to the skin for your comfort during the procedure.

Ultrasound biopsy

A biopsy that uses an ultrasound to help the radiologist to take a small sample. This is taken with a small needle and local anesthesia (numbing medicine similar to what is used at the dentist) is applied to the skin for your comfort during the procedure.

MRI biopsy

A biopsy that uses the MRI to help the radiologist find the area which needs sampling. This is taken with a small needle and local anesthesia (numbing medicine similar to what is used at the dentist) is applied to the skin for your comfort during the procedure.

    Contact Us

  • CHA Breast Center, Cambridge Hospital

    1493 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139
    P: 617-665-2001

    Hours

    M - F: 8:30 am - 5 pm

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