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  • Mammography

    • What is a Mammogram?
      A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts. In a routine screening mammogram, two pictures of each breast are taken. In order to achieve the best images possible using the least radiation, the breasts are compressed briefly during the exam. All mammograms at the Anne C. Pappas Center at Rhode Island Hospital are performed on state-of-the-art digital equipment by a technologist who has special certification in mammography. The radiologists who interpret mammograms at the Pappas Center have specialized training in mammography. In a small percentage of cases of screening mammography, the radiologist may request the patient to return for additional imaging to better evaluate a particular area. Most of the time, these additional images show nothing of concern. It is important for the radiologist to compare your current mammogram with prior studies.
    • What should I bring?
      If your prior mammograms were not performed at the Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging at Rhode Island Hospital, either bring the previous films with you or let our secretary know where it was done when you book your examination.
    • How should I prepare for a mammogram?
      Do not wear deodorant or anti-perspirant on the day of your mammogram because they may interfere with the mammographic images.
    • Where do I park?
      Park in the Rhode Island Hospital Medical Office Center public parking lot on Dudley Street immediately adjacent to the Medical Office Center at 2 Dudley Street. 
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    • How do I get my results?
      Our mammography facilities are certified by MQSA and the American College of Radiology (ACR) and by the FDA. Both you and your doctor will receive a letter after a mammogram discussing the results.

    For more information, or to make an appointment, please call the Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging at 401-444-7770, or e-mail