2024 Mammography Price Guide

Average cost ranges for 2D and 3D Mammography machines. The 2024 recommended price range for different Mammography systems includes cost of U.S. delivery, installation, and first-year service. 



Affordable Excellence

Entry-Level Units
GE Essential 2D
Hologic Selenia 2D



Optimized Precision

Intermediate Level Units
GE Essential 3D w/ Senoclaire 
Hologic Dimensions



Luxury in Imaging Technology

Premium Level Units

GE Pristina 3D
Hologic 3D Dimensions Clarity 
Siemens Revelation 3D



Selecting the best Mammography machine is a process that looks different for every facility. Depending on your budget, required imaging quality, regional engineering support, and biopsy capabilities, your selection may vary. Watch this video for a quick breakdown of which pricing tier might offer the capabilities and value you're looking for.

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What is a Mammography Machine?

A mammography machine, a specific type of medical imaging device, utilizes X-ray technology to scan breast tissue. It plays a critical role in cancer screening and the detection of other breast-related conditions.

A mammography machine consists of two plates that apply compression, flattening the breast tissue to enhance imaging clarity. It then utilizes low-dose X-rays, which are then processed to create either 2D or 3D images for further analysis.

With technical advancements technology, mammography machines now provide more scanning techniques, such as computer-aided detection (CAD), digital mammography, and breast tomosynthesis.

Computer aided detection (CAD)

Computer-aided detection (CAD) systems search digitalized mammographic images for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer. The system then highlights these areas for radiologists to review.

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography transforms traditional x-ray film into a digital image. This process allows radiologists to view the breast tissue faster and with more accuracy then screen-film.

Breast Tomosynthesis

Breast tomosynthesis is a more sophisticated type of breast imaging. It captures and reconstructs multiple breast images from different angles into a 3-D image set. The multiple angles help create a more detailed image.


Mammography is primarily used for two purposes: screening and diagnosis.

Screening: This is a preventative measure for women who show no symptoms of breast cancer. Screening can help radiologists discover breast cancer early. The American College of Radiology, recommends that women get yearly mammograms starting at the age of 40.

Diagnosis: Diagnostic scans take place when patient's are experiencing breast cancer symptoms or if something unusual is spotted on a screening mammogram.

Whether it's used for screening or diagnosis, mammography plays a vital role in detecting early or current signs of breast diseases.


Mammography: 2D vs. 3D

Generally speaking, there are two types of mammograms, 2D and 3D. 3D (tomo) mammography was introduced in 2011 and is generally considered the "standard of care" because it's been shown to find more cancer. For a more in-depth comparison, view our 2D and 3D mammogram comparison here.


  • Provides a flat-single image of breast tissue.
  • Two x-ray images are taken, one from top to bottom and the other from side-to-side.
  • Commonly used for breast cancer screening and diagnosis.
  • These types of scans have a lower radiation dosage.


  • Creates a series of thin, cross-sectional images of the breast from multiple angles.
  • Used alongside 2D mammography to detect breast cancer.
  • Offers a 3D reconstruction of the breast tissue, offering more precise cancer screening.
  • Possible higher radiation dosage.



Several elements influence the pricing of digital mammography systems, and understanding these can help when evaluating options. Things like:

  • Age of system and major components
  • Market availability
  • Software features/ Licenses
  • Warranty Length

System and Components

The age of the detector can have a direct effect on the cost of the system. Newer detectors often feature advanced technology that may offer enhanced functionality and clearer imagery. As a result, systems with newer detectors tend to be more expensive than those with older technology. Additionally, systems with advanced features like C-View or I-View, biopsy licenses, upright stereotactic or on board CAD will all come with an increased cost. 

Market Availability

Some systems are more readily available on the secondary market. Because Hologic has had the largest market share (~70%) for quite some time, their systems are more prevalent on the pre-owned market. This could be said of the Hologic Selenia 2D and the Hologic Dimensions 3D.

GE Essential 2D and 3D machines were popular from 2007-2016 and are still generally available. Domestically, the Siemens Revelation 3D and GE Pristina have smaller footprints in the U.S. market. Consequently, their units are not as common on the secondary market. These factors play into availability, supportability, and subsequent pricing. 

Software Features, Licenses, & Warranty

Systems equipped with advanced software capabilities, such as computer-aided detection (CAD), breast tomosynthesis, or enhanced image processing algorithms, typically command a higher price. These features can improve diagnostic accuracy and efficiency, making the systems more valuable.

Factors such as brand reputation, warranty, upgrades, and after-sales service and support can also directly influence the price.  When systems are more readily available, parts/labor warranty pricing will generally be lower. Conversely, systems in limited supply generally mean higher parts/labor warranty costs. When purchasing a mammography machine, make sure to keep these factors in mind.



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A step-by-step guide to help you successfully decide on the best Mammography for your facility. Learn how to answer the "big three" mammo purchasing questions:

  • Which digital mammo is right for me?
  • How do I know I'm getting a good system?
  • How much is this going to cost me?

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