About the Mammography Project

Over the past 18 years the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been involved in a national effort to improve access to high quality mammography services. The Department collects information each year from licensed mammography facilities in Massachusetts and compiles this information into a Directory. The Directory is distributed to health centers, clinicians, the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other human service providers to help women find a mammography facility that meets their needs. The electronic version of the Directory is available to anyone with access to the internet.

What is a Licensed Mammography Facility?

A licensed mammography facility is one holding a current license from the Massachusetts Radiation Control Program (MRCP). MRCP licenses and inspects all mammography facilities in Massachusetts. As part of the licensing process, MRCP conducts federal inspection for compliance with the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA). Any comments, suggestions, or complaints about a specific mammography facility should be reported directly to the Radiation Control Program at (617) 242-3035.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a safe low-dose X-ray of the breast. A high-quality mammogram is used to detect breast cancer at an early stage when there are often no symptoms (lump, pain or nipple discharge) of breast cancer. It is also used to detect and diagnose when symptoms are present or abnormalities are found on a screening.

Who Should have a mammogram?

Women should talk to their health care provider about the appropriate age to begin screening. Your health care provider will determine the best screening schedule for you based on your age, personal and family history. Read the Mammography Bill of Rights to know your rights each time you receive a mammogram.

What is the Women's Health Network?

The Women's Health Network (WHN) is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The WHN Care Coordination Program provides breast and cervical cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, diagnostic services, health education, patient navigation and case management services to low income, uninsured or underinsured women. These services are provided through a network of local health centers, hospital based clinics and community agencies throughout Massachusetts.

Contact Information
Women's Health Network
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Information and Referral: (877) 414-4447 | (617) 624-5406
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese
TTY: (617) 624-5992
Email: DPH.WHN@state.ma.us
Web Site: http://www.mass.gov/dph/whn

Funding Sources
State: This activity is partially funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as appropriated by the Massachusetts State Legislature
Federal: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

About the Radiation Control Program

The goal of the Radiation Control Program (RCP) is to protect the public from all sources of radiation by inspections of diagnostic and therapeutic X-ray and nuclear medicine facilities, radioactive materials licensees, nuclear power plants, radiofrequency installations, laser activities, and by conducting radon awareness activities and emergency response programs in the areas of radioactive materials, nuclear power and low-level waste.

The RCP inspects and licenses all mammography facilities in Massachusetts. As part of the licensing process, RCP conducts federal inspections for compliance with the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA).

Contact Information
Radiation Control Program
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
90 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
Information: (617) 242-3035
Email: radiationcontrol@massmail.state.ma.us
Web Site: http://www.mass.gov/dph/rcp