Hospitals add 3D mammography services

March 25, 2019

Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center in Meyersdale, and Conemaugh Miners Medical Center, Hastings, have each announced the addition of 3D mammography to its array of women’s health services.

The advanced technology captures images of the breast from multiple angles to ensure a complete and accurate scan. This allows for earlier and more effective detection of breast cancer and helps reduce the number of return visits caused by false positives.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this state-of-the-art technology and further enhance the high quality care we provide to the women in our communities,” said Tony Campagna, vice president of Ancillary and Post Acute Services for Conemaugh. “Expanding our 3D mammography service will help make it possible to detect breast cancer in earlier stages so that treatment can begin sooner, giving our patients a greater chance of beating the disease.”

A 3D mammogram, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) or “tomo,” is a type of digital mammography that follows the same basic procedure of standard 2D digital mammography. This advanced procedure requires no additional breast compression and lasts just a few seconds longer than standard 2D digital mammography.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Regular mammogram screenings are recommended for women age 40 and above as an essential tool for early detection and the fight against breast cancer.

Established women’s services

Conemaugh already offers 3D mammography at Conemaugh Memorial and the Ebensburg and East Hills outpatient centers, and has seen direct patient benefit since its implementation.

“We’ve been able to identify cancers and problems of the breast sooner thanks to the 3D image,” said Cliff Dull, system director of medical imaging at Conemaugh. “Our patients gain peace of mind and our physicians have clearer images to provide proper diagnosis and treatment options.”

Conemaugh Physician Group — Breast Surgery physician Renee Arlow, MD utilizes these scans to provide accurate and safe surgery for breast cancer patients.

“The more detailed we can be in the imaging process, the more accurate we are when removing tumors and cancerous cells without damaging healthy tissue,” she said. “It benefits the patient and the entire care team because we can all gain the information we need to provide the best possible care for each patient.”

Standard 2D digital and 3D mammograms can be scheduled at any Conemaugh facility by calling 800-999-9675.

Appointments may be made with Conemaugh Physician Group — Breast Surgery by calling 814-262-2444.

To learn more about Conemaugh Health System, visit www.conemaugh.org.