If your previous mammograms were not performed at Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital or at the North Adams Campus of BMC, please arrange to have copies of them sent to the Women’s Imaging Center, even if your appointment is at Fairview or North Adams. The address is 777 North Street, Pittsfield MA 01201. The radiologist will need these for comparison.
Please leave enough time before your appointment for the images to arrive at Women’s Imaging. Not obtaining prior exams from an outside facility before your appointment may result in extra imaging or a delay in getting your results.
Bring a list of your current medications with you to your exam. You may print out a Medications Form and fill it out or you may bring a copy of your own list.
Do not wear perfumes, powders, or deodorant on the day of the exam. These substances can be seen on a mammogram and can interfere with an accurate interpretation of the exam by the radiologist.
Schedule your mammogram at the end of your monthly period.
If a past mammogram was uncomfortable, stop consuming caffeine several weeks prior to your exam or take ibuprofen for two days prior to the exam. Inform your technologist of your experience.
You may wear a button-front shirt (no bra) for your exam or you may change into a gown once you arrive for your appointment.
If you are also scheduled for a breast ultrasound that day, you may prefer changing into a gown to avoid getting gel on your shirt.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time for parking and registration.