The latest technology in breast mammography, Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (also known as 3D Mammography), is now available to patients at each of the Main Line Health Breast Centers at Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital. The cost will be the same as a standard mammogram, which will continue to be offered to those patients who require 2D mammography.
“3D mammography is recommended for women of all ages. It has shown to be most valuable to women between 40 and 50 years of age, those that have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer,” said Emma Simpson, MD, interim system chair, Radiology. “It provides a clearer, more accurate view of the breast and allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of any abnormalities. This can lead to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.”
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
- Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15% of breast cancer patients
By offering women the latest and more accurate¹ technology in mammography, Main Line Health expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. ²
For more information about 3D Mammography or to schedule an appointment, please call 484.580.1800 or visit mainlinehealth.org/imaging.
¹Zuley M, Bandos A, Ganott M, et al. “Digital Breast Tomosynthesis versus Supplemental Diagnostic Mammographic Views for Evaluation of Noncalcified Breast Lesions.” Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):89-95. Epub 2012 Nov 9.
²Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011, American Cancer Society.