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Allegheny Health Network Adds New 3-D Mammography Sites in Natrona Heights, Canonsburg, Sewickley

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – 3-D mammography, one of the most advanced techniques for detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most curable stages, is now available at three additional Allegheny Health Network (AHN) locations: Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital and Premier Women’s Health Diagnostic Imaging of Sewickley.

In total, 10 AHN Breast Center locations throughout the city, suburbs and region now offer convenient access to 3-D mammography, also called breast tomosynthesis, including Allegheny General Hospital, West Penn Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion, Bethel Park Health & Wellness Pavilion, Saint Vincent Hospital and the West Side Health & Wellness Pavilion in Erie.

The new AHN locations offering breast tomosynthesis are:

  • Allegheny Valley Hospital Radiological Imaging, 2801 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights 724.224.1840.
  • Canonsburg Hospital Outpatient Services, 100 Medical Blvd. Canonsburg, 724.745.3904
  • Premier Women’s Health Diagnostic Imaging, Edgeworth Medical Commons, 301 Ohio River Blvd., Suite 300, Sewickley, 412.741.6800.

While traditional mammography captures a single image of the breast, tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, takes multiple images in “slices” that allow doctors to see internal breast tissue  in sharp detail, minimizing false-positive and false-negative readings. Breast tomosynthesis can be particularly helpful for women who have dense breast tissue, or women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer.

In October 2015, Pennsylvania began requiring all insurers to pay for 3-D mammography, making the technology more readily available to women.  3-D mammography is used in addition to traditional mammography, and uses an amount of radiation well below federal guidelines.

“Our goal at Allegheny Health Network is to ensure that all women have access to 3-D mammography, the best screening available for early detection of breast cancer,” said William Poller, MD, FACR, Director of Breast Imaging at AHN.

Acquisition of the new technology was made possible in part by generous donations from Pittsburgh-based Glimmer of Hope. The local breast cancer advocacy group has given more than $250,000 to AHN over the past two years, helping provide women across the region with better access to the most advanced breast imaging technology available.

 “At Allegheny Health Network, we provide our patients with the most effective ways to battle cancer from every possible angle, with innovative procedures, medicines and technology,” said David Parda, MD, Chair, Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute.

Additional mammogram locations within AHN include  AGH McCandless, Allegheny Valley Hospital (AVH) Outpatient Services in New Kensington, AVH Radiological Imaging in Natrona Heights, Allegheny Imaging in Robinson Township, Brentwood Professional Plaza, Canonsburg Hospital Outpatient Services, Jefferson Diagnostics at the Waterfront, Jefferson Medical Arts Building, Premier Medical Associates in Monroeville, Saint Vincent Outpatient Center at Union City, Saint Vincent Women’s Center, South Hills Medical Building at Jefferson Hospital.