Pilot research has shown that 3D mammography drastically improves breast cancer detection


Eastern Health Foundation supporters have played a vital role in research conducted by Eastern Health’s Maroondah BreastScreen.  

A special thanks to Shades of Pink and other generous donors, including local business, community groups and individuals, for their support of our 3D mammography campaign in 2018.

Donations were used to purchase a new 3D mammogram machine, upgrade existing 2D machines and contribute towards the implementation of the research at Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre.

The research focussed on detection rates of 2D and 3D mammography in a group of 10,000 women.

Eastern Health’s Maroondah BreastScreen ran the pilot trial of 3D mammography (tomosynthesis), which showed breast cancer detection increased by almost 50% using 3D, compared to standard 2D mammography.

“We are extremely grateful to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Shades of Pink for their support, this is a fantastic step forward for breast cancer detection and treatment, and would not be possible without their contributions.” says Dr Darren Lockie, Director and Chief Radiologist at Maroondah BreastScreen, part of Eastern Health.

These Australian first findings, published in the Medical Journal of Australia in October 2019, could form the basis of a large scale comparative evaluation of 3D mammography for breast screening in Australia.

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