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Mammographic Wire Localization

Preoperative Wire Localization Procedures

The BWH Lee Bell Center for Breast Imaging provides preoperative wire localizations at the hospital main campus.  A preoperative wire localization is a procedure which uses imaging guidance to locate/mark breast abnormalities prior to surgery.  Our technologists and radiologists use breast imaging equipment to produce high-quality images while focusing on patient safety and comfort.

Scheduling a Preoperative Wire Localization Procedures

Your breast surgeon’s office will schedule your preoperative wire localization.

Pre-authorization for Preoperative Wire Localization Procedures

Insurance companies may require pre-authorization for preoperative wire localizations to be performed. If you have questions regarding pre-authorization requirements, please call your breast surgeon’s office or the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. If pre-authorization is required, that process will be initiated by the breast surgeon who ordered your preoperative wire localization.

If you do not have insurance, the BWH Financial Counseling Office can assist you with the MassHealth/Medicaid application process. They can be reached at (617) 732-7005 or toll-free at (866) 736-1510.

Getting Copies of Your Images

If your imaging exam was performed at BWH or one of our community-based locations, your images and reports are saved to your electronic medical record within four hours after completion of your exam. You can get a copy of your images on a CD at the BWH Image Service Center or any of our community-based locations. You will need to complete a release form, which you can bring with you or fax prior to pick-up. You will also need to provide positive identification to receive your images.

Getting Copies of Your Radiology Reports or Medical Record

To receive copies of your medical record, you must submit a written, signed, and dated request form to Health Information Services. The form is available in English or in Spanish.

Health Information Services

  • Phone: (617) 732-4939
  • Fax: (617) 566-3912
  • Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)

Mail your request to:

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Health Information Services: Correspondence Section
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115


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