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.
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and top 20 percent of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.
Mary Kate Coghlan
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