Harrington offers advanced mammography services at in Southbridge, Charlton and Webster. With on-site breast imaging specialists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, you can be sure you are receiving the region’s most advanced breast care and technology. Our technicians are compassionate, well trained and they listen to you as a patient and a person – not a number.
We offer routine mammography screenings as well as diagnostic testing, including breast biopsies. These tests are performed on-site under the professional and skilled guidance of BIDMC radiologists.
Our staff is prompt and courteous. We schedule your appointment quickly and work to make sure we are accommodating your schedule.
3-D Mammography is Here!
Harrington’s Southbridge campus now offers 3-D mammography.
Dr. Sham Venkataraman, Breast Radiology Specialist at Harrington and Breast Imaging Radiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, talks about 3-D mammography, now available at our Southbridge campus.
3-D Mammography uses advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, clinically proven to significantly improve the detection of invasive breast cancers, while simultaneously reducing the need to return for additional testing.
In conventional 2-D mammography, overlapping tissue is the leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3-D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.
During the tomosynthesis-dimensional portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A 3-D exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2-D breast cancer screening exam.
2-D mammography is still considered a high standard of testing, however, and will continue to be available in Charlton and Webster.