Breast Health & Mammography

Visit the sections below to learn more about the breast health services offered at UPMC Pinnacle Hanover and to find a list of support services.

Our brand new Mammography Center is complete, and we are now seeing patients!

Mammography Locations

UPMC Pinnacle Hanover provides the latest breast health imaging services within our brand new Mammography Center. Conveniently located at the top of the stairs by the main lobby, the Mammography Center offers professional expertise and cutting edge technology for breast imaging and breast cancer biopsy in an attractive, comfortable suite that has its own registration desk and waiting area. Screening mammograms are also offered in the Imaging suite at Hillside Medical Center on Fame Avenue.

UPMC Pinnacle Hanover Mammography Center
300 Highland Avenue
Hanover, PA 17331
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Hillside Medical Center
250 Fame Avenue, Suite 104
Hanover, PA 17331
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*It is helpful to have any previous mammograms from other facilities sent here prior to the exam if possible. You will be asked to sign a request.

What is Mammography?

Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system for the examination of breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms and to detect and diagnose breast disease. UPMC Pinnacle Hanover Mammography images are complimented by the R2 Computer Aided Detection System. Diagnostic mammograms are done only at the Mammography Center (in the hospital). Screening mammograms are offered at the Mammography Center and Hillside. In addition to digital mammography, we offer MRI, and ultrasound imaging and biopsy.

New! Breast Tomosynthesis

While digital mammography is still one of the most advanced technologies available today, it is only a two-dimensional picture of the breast. Since the breast is composed of pockets of dense tissue surrounded by fat, when x-rayed, it creates an image that looks something like a smoky haze. The overlapping tissue in the image makes it difficult to see tiny “spots,” called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of early cancer. In some cases, patients are asked to come back for a follow-up examination such as a diagnostic mammogram to rule out any suspicious areas.

A new technology, called breast tomosynthesis, has been shown in clinical studies to be superior to digital mammography. Tomosynthesis, also called 3-D Mammography, is a special kind of mammogram that produces a 3-dimensional image of the breast by using several low dose x-rays obtained at different angles.

For tomosynthesis, the breast is positioned and compressed in the same way as for a mammogram, but the x-ray tube moves in a circular arc around the breast. It takes less than 10 seconds for the imaging. The information from the x-rays is sent to a computer, which produces a focused 3-D image of the breast. The x-ray dose for a tomosynthesis image is similar to that of a regular mammogram. The radiologist can read through separated layers of breast tissue similar to how a CAT scan takes images of the body in small sections. This helps reduce the overlapping of tissues in the breast.

This technology is currently available in both the new Mammography Center at the hospital and in the Imaging suite at Hillside Medical Center.


We are also able to perform lymphoscintographya at the hospital in the Nuclear Medicine Department, which is used to localize the sentinel (primary) lymph node and can be effective in preventing the need for more extensive surgery.

Breast Care Navigator

The primary role of our Breast Care Navigator is to foster patient empowerment, and to provide patients with information that enhances their ability to make appropriate health care choices and to receive medical care with an enhanced sense of confidence about risks, benefits and responsibilities.

The Breast Care Navigator can help arrange and coordinate appointments for patients requiring breast biopsies. When a patient meets the radiologist for a consultation to receive the biopsy results we can provide education to those who are given a breast cancer diagnosis. We are available as a resource for the patient during their cancer journey providing comfort and care to the patient. We are available for the patient from start to finish, completing the circle of breast care in Imaging.

If you have questions about the new Breast Care Navigator service, please contact Shannon Strausbaugh at 717-316- 3449.

Introducing Our Breast Care Navigator, Shannon Strausbaugh

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Breast Health Resources

American Cancer Society (ACS):
Mammograms and Other Breast Imaging Procedures
(888) 227-5445

National Cancer Institute (NCI):
Breast Cancer Screening PDQ Summary
Mammograms Fact Sheet

A boutique in Hanover offers breast cancer survivors professional bra fittings, mastectomy bras and apparel, breast forms, wigs- and above all, support:
Life Changes Boutique Inc.
788 Cherry Tree Court, Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 633-1111
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For health education on women’s health, and many other health categories, with up-to-date health news, quizzes, calculators, glossaries and more:
UPMC Pinnacle Hanover's Online Health Library

A magazine with the purpose of empowering breast cancer healing journeys with education, inspiration, and encouragement using mind-body-spirit and whole-being wellness principles:

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants:

Offers discussion boards, chat rooms, stories of hope and ask-the-expert online conferences:

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