3D Mammography coming to all 4 MLH acute hospitals

Submitted by Emma Simpson, MD, Interim System Chair, Radiology


Main Line Health is pleased to announce that Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D Mammography, will be available to your patients in early summer at each of our Breast Centers at Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital. This will be offered at no additional cost to your patients.

Digital breast tomosynthesis, the latest breakthrough in mammography, is recommended for all women. It has been shown to make the most difference for women between 40-50 years old and/or those that have dense breasts. It provides a clearer, more accurate view of the breast and allows doctors to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of any abnormalities. This can lead to better detection, fewer call backs, and greater peace of mind. 

With digital breast tomosynthesis, our specialized breast radiologists can manipulate the images to see areas of concern from all angles. The benefits of 3D mammography include:

  • Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
  • Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden during 2D mammography
  • Reducing the need for follow-up imaging by up to 40%
  • Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15% of breast cancer patients

In addition to this technology, the Comprehensive Breast Centers at Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital offer high-resolution ultrasound, breast MRI, stereotactic core biopsy and US breast biopsy, bone density testing and follow-up care provided by our board-certified radiologists. We have nurse navigators, genetic counselors and breast surgeons on site at each Breast Center, should additional evaluation or treatment be needed following the 3D mammogram. 

We thank you for trusting us with your patients in the past and look forward to offering your patients the latest in breast cancer screening. For more information about digital breast tomosynthesis and locations at MLH, please see the Frequently Asked Questions or call 484.580.1800.

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