Breast Cancer Awareness Pink RibbonThe Breast Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital


Welcome to the Breast Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, a significant advance in women’s health for the Pioneer Valley. Cooley Dickinson’s radiologists, surgeons, nurses, mammography technologists, facilities and environmental personnel, development staff and generous donors collaborated to design, build, fund, and execute the clinical operations of this unique, indispensable center for breast care.


Breast imaging at the Cooley Dickinson Breast CenterComprehensive, Convenient Breast Care

The new Breast Center brings together advanced diagnostic capabilities with our skilled, compassionate staff and physicians into an easy to navigate, patient-centered environment. Here, in one location, our patients receive consistent, timely, and high-quality health care for all facets of breast care and breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

The Breast Center was conceived as a way to address the needs of our community in a setting that will benefit the most people.

The Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to breast health, with comprehensive services including:

  • Breast exams
  • Breast screening
  • Diagnostic breast imaging
  • Biopsy and wire localization
  • Ultrasound
  • Bone density
The Most Advanced Imaging Technologies

Early detection through mammography screening is the best way to save lives. Optimizing state-of-the-art technologies, the new Center focuses on rapid evaluation and diagnosis of those with abnormal exams and breast masses.

The Breast Center offers leading-edge technologies to improve early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Breast tomosynthesis is the latest breakthrough in mammography and was pioneered at Massachusetts General Hospital. Also called 3D mammography, it provides a clearer, more accurate view of the breast and enables doctors to pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities more effectively. In fact, 3D mammography finds smaller cancers when they are more curable, which can give women more choices for therapy. A complement to standard mammograms, 3D mammography can result in fewer callbacks, better detection, and greater peace of mind.

Benefits of the Breast Center

Low-Dose MammographyLow-dose Radiation, less compression time and better accuracy with Hologic 3D Mammography
Greater accuracy, lower X-ray dose, and less discomfort for patients are just several reasons why the Breast Center uses 3D mammography with C-View TM software. According to, C-View software progresses early breast cancer detection further by generating a 2D image directly from the tomosynthesis data, lowering patient radiation dose and compression time, with the added benefit of greater patient comfort.



Centered Around YouBreast Center Map - Cooley Dickinson Hospital
The Center has increased the space devoted to Cooley Dickinson’s breast care services by nearly 2.5 times. This consolidation into a single, larger space will result in numerous benefits including:

  • Bright, welcoming space and dedicated entrance
  • Spacious exam rooms
  • Designated changing rooms for women and men, separated for greater privacy
  • Patient-friendly environment, designed to help reduce fear and anxiety and to encourage more patients to seek out these important, preventive services
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Paying it Forward

    Cooley Dickinson Oncology Nurse Practitioner Glenda Flyyn talks WWLP's Alanna Flood about breast cancer awareness, the importance of early detection and the effects that the Covid-19 pandemic have had on breast cancer screening and treatment.

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  • Pacilio on Prevention: Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives

    Dr. Louis Pacilio, lead mammography radiologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, stresses the importance of screening as our best current tool for battling breast cancer.

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American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence


Cooley Dickinson is proud to have received the ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation. The BICOE recognizes facilities with this designation only if they are fully accredited by the ACR in all of the following modalities:

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