Main Line Health Imaging provides a full range of mammography services
conveniently located throughout the region. State-of-the-art technology,
expert radiologists and certified mammography technicians work together
providing women with the best care possible for routine screenings and
diagnostic studies. Mammograms are interpreted by Main Line Health
Imaging's board-certified radiologists who have additional certification
by the ACR (American College of Radiology) specifically for mammography
3D Mammography (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis)
Main Line Health is pleased to announce that 3D Mammography, also known
as digital breast tomosynthesis, will be available this summer at each
of our Breast Centers at Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital,
Paoli Hospital, and Riddle Hospital at no additional cost to our
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 the ages of 40–50 years old and/or
those that have dense breasts. It provides our radiologists a clearer,
more accurate view of the breast which leads to better detection, fewer
call backs, and greater peace of mind.
3D mammography is similar to a conventional mammogram except that it
uses multiple images to create a 3-dimensionsal view of the breast. With
conventional digital mammography, the radiologist views your breast
tissue in one flat image (2D view). Sometimes breast tissue can overlap,
giving the illusion that normal breast tissue is abnormal.
What are the benefits of 3D mammography?
Detects 40% more invasive cancer missed with conventional 2D
Reduces the need for follow-up imaging by up to 40%
Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of
Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which
occur in 15% of breast cancer patients
Other Diagnostic Services
Full-Field Digital Mammography—this digital mammogram records
breast images on a very sensitive digital detector and displays
them on a computer monitor. Digital mammography makes more
information about the breast available because the computer
images can be enhanced, lightened, darkened or magnified.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy—this minimally-invasive procedure
uses three-dimensional computerized imaging to pinpoint
suspicious areas in the breast for biopsy.
Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy—these biopsies are performed at the
hospital or surgeon’s office. The radiologist/physician uses an
ultrasound to accurately locate the suspicious area and to guide
the needle into position for a specimen.
Needle Localization—this procedure is performed using x-rays to
determine the precise location of abnormal tissue. A needle can
be inserted in the area to allow a surgeon in the operating room
to accurately remove the abnormality for analysis.
For more information about 3D Mammography, or to schedule an appointment
at one of Main Line Health’s Comprehensive Breast Centers, please call
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.