West Hills Hospital October 18, 2018

San Fernando Valley medical facility adds 3D technology to its Women's Diagnostic Center

West Hills, CA - West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a full-service acute care facility located in the San Fernando Valley, now offers breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, through its Women's Diagnostics Center. This technology is designed to provide superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types to improve early detection of breast cancer.

Tomosynthesis produces multiple "slices" through the breast tissue. This helps the radiologists identify individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. The new 3D mammography is also more comfortable for the patient.

According to published studies, the use of 3D mammography can improve detection of invasive breast cancer by up to 40 percent. 3D mammography has also been shown to reduce the number of false alarms -- mammograms that show an abnormal area that looks like cancer but turns out to be normal -- helping to reduce the anxiety, inconvenience and higher costs that result from unnecessary additional screenings and tests.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer our patients 3D mammography," said Dr. Bruce Shragg, lead interpreting radiologist for the Women's Diagnostic Center at West Hills Hospital. "We encourage every woman to undergo routine screening mammograms in order to detect breast cancer as early as possible, as there is a direct correlation between early detection and prolonged survival."

To showcase this new technology, West Hills Hospital will be hosting an open house on Oct. 25, 2018, from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Women's Diagnostic Center, located at 7325 Medical Center Drive, Suite 106, in West Hills. The open house is free and open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the center, learn about 3D mammography, and enjoy pink lemonade and cupcakes provided by the hospital.