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COVID-19 vaccines and Mammograms

COVID-19 vaccines may lead to temporary swelling in the lymph nodes, which may make your breast screening more difficult to interpret. For the most accurate test results possible and to avoid unnecessary follow-up studies, Main Line Health recommends scheduling your screening mammogram before you receive your first dose or wait until four to six weeks after receiving your second dose.

For diagnostic mammograms, keep your regularly scheduled appointment.

Time is precious—and so is your breast health. That's why Main Line Health offers 3D mammogram appointments at 10 convenient health centers and hospital locations throughout the Philadelphia region. We promise to get you in quickly for an appointment at your chosen site. And we get your results back to you the very next business day—or sooner. To make it even more convenient for you to get this important screening, weekend and evening hours are available.

After your mammo, we will call you with your results within one business day, or same day for diagnostic mammo.

As a rule, if you have an abnormal diagnostic mammogram or a new breast lump, you will be seen within 48 hours by a Main Line Health breast surgeon at one of five locations across the region. At this appointment, the surgeon will determine whether you need a breast biopsy and the best biopsy approach.

Are you one of the 100,000 women in our region who hasn't gotten a mammogram this year?* If you're a woman age 40 years or older, Main Line Health recommends you get one every year.

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* Centers for Disease Control

Tomo—the latest breakthrough in screening mammograms

Tomo, or digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammo), is the latest breakthrough in screening mammograms. 3D mammos have been shown to make the most difference for women between the ages of 40 and 50 years old who have dense breasts and/or those with a personal history of breast cancer.

A 3D mammo is similar to a 2D mammogram except that it uses multiple images to create a three-dimensional view of the breast. With traditional 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. 3D mammography provides our radiologists with a high-accuracy view of the breast, which leads to better detection, fewer callbacks, and greater peace of mind.

The benefits of tomo include:

  • Detects up to 40 percent more invasive cancer than conventional 2D mammography
  • Reduces the need for follow-up imaging by up to 40 percent
  • Pinpoints with high accuracy the size, shape and location of abnormalities
  • Detects multiple breast tumors with greater precision

At Main Line Health we offer state-of-the-art technology, expert breast radiologists, and certified mammography technicians all working together to provide women with the best care possible for screenings and diagnostic studies. Mammograms are interpreted by Main Line Health board-certified radiologists who have additional certification by the ACR (American College of Radiology) specifically for mammography interpretation.

Main Line Health recommends all women begin annual screening with mammography at age 40. Higher risk women (e.g., those with genetic abnormalities, strong family history and/or personal risk factors) should discuss with their physician whether additional screening studies or starting screening earlier would be beneficial. Annual screening should continue into later years as long as a woman is in good health.

How much does a mammo cost?

A 3D mammo is covered by some insurance providers, but not by others. Please check with your insurance company to find out whether this service is covered by your plan. If your insurance does not cover a 3D mammo, you may choose to pay for the service out-of-pocket.

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Other breast diagnostic services

We also offer the following diagnostic services:

  • Stereotactic breast biopsy – This minimally invasive procedure uses three-dimensional computerized imaging to pinpoint suspicious areas in the breast for biopsy.
  • MRI-guided biopsy – This biopsy uses a powerful magnetic field to locate a breast lump or abnormality and guide a needle to remove a tissue sample.
  • 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.
  • Presurgical lesion localization – Using mammography, ultrasound or MRI, the radiologist places a marker to provide a roadmap for the surgeon.

Free mammograms and Pap tests for uninsured or underinsured women 40 and older

Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr Hospital provide free health screenings for women who are uninsured or underinsured and whose income qualifies. Screenings include free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests.

For more information about eligibility, call 484.476.8554 (Lankenau Medical Center) or 610.325.1390 (Bryn Mawr Hospital) to speak with a representative from community health services.

To schedule a mammography appointment at Main Line Health, call 484.580.1800 or use our secure online appointment request form.