A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast. It is used to help detect and diagnose breast diseases. Mammograms are used on women and men who have symptoms of a breast problem, such as a lump. However, a routine screening mammogram is recommended for women beginning at the age of 40 with no symptoms. 

The Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program operates a number of screening centres across the province with the largest being at the Halifax Shopping Centre. Other screening locations are are at most hospital sites within the province. It also operates a mobile screening mammography service which travels to 30 sites throughout the province.  

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Location, hours and contact information

If your doctor refers you for a mammogram because you are having symptoms of a breast problem, the following locations are available. If you want to go for routine screening, please contact Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program.

Aberdeen Hospital
Tel: 902-752-7600 ext 2920
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cape Breton Regional Hospital
Tel: 902-567-7778
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cobequid Community Health Centre
Tel: 902-869-6102
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Colchester East Hants Health Centre
Tel: 902-893-4321
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre
Tel: 902-667-5400 ext 6156
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dartmouth General Hospital
Tel: 902-465-8318
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

South Shore Regional Hospital
Tel: 902-527-5227
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital
Tel: 902-867-4500 ext 4281
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Valley Regional Hospital
Tel: 1-800-565-0548
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yarmouth Regional Hospital
Tel: 1-877-742-2571
Monday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How do I get an appointment?

Women or men that have symptoms of a breast problem should to go to the family doctor and get a referral.  

Women over the age of 40 with no breast problems or implants may self-refer by calling the numbers below. Please have your health card number ready when you call.
HRM: 902-473-3960 or Toll-Free: 1-800-565-0548

How do I cancel/change my appointment? 

Phone the location at which you booked your appointment, to reschedule. Contact numbers are listed in the section above titled Location, hours and contact information.


Wait times

There are 2 separate wait time lists for mammograms with Nova Scotia Health Authority/IWK.   DIagnsotic mammograms (when you already have symptoms & seek early detection) and and Screening mammograms  (when you have no symptoms & seek early detection).

Current average wait times for a diagnostic mammogram in Nova Scotia can be found HERE

Current average wait times for a screening mammogram in Nova Scotia can be found HERE