Now Providing Advanced Mammography at Eastern Long Island Hospital

Posted on 11/21/2016

Erica and Peter Harold of Cutchogue present a check for $50,000 for the Breast Health Tomosynthesis/3 D Mammography System to the ELIH Foundation.
(l-r) Thomas E. Murray, Jr., Chairman, Board of Trustees; Paul J. Connor III, President/CEO, Eastern Long Island Hospital; Linda S. Sweeney, Executive Director, Foundation/Community Relations; Erica Harold, Peter Harold, Z. Micah Kaplan, MD, Vice Chairman, ELIH Foundation and Scott V. Bennett, Chairman, ELIH Foundation. 

Tomosynthesis (3 D mammography) is here.  Commited to excellence, Eastern Long Island Hospital is responding to patient concerns about breast health by expanding its health and wellness services to include 3 D mammography. Also called Digital Tomosynthesis, this new state-of-the-art imaging system sets new screening standards in the fight against breast cancer.

The 3D mammography exam is especially beneficial for routine screenings, patients with dense breast tissue or those with a history of breast cancer.  The three-dimensional image provides a clearer view for radiologists because it reduces or eliminates the tissue overlap that typically occurs with 2 D mammography. 

“Breast tomosynthesis captures multiple images of the entire breast at different angles and produces a series of one-millimeter thick slices allowing us to see breast tissue, layer by layer.   In many cases, the need for further testing is significantly reduced, because we are able to determine the size, shape and location of a lesion or tumor with greater precision,” explains Anthony E. Mitarotondo, Jr., MD, Chief of Radiology. 

 “By offering 3 D mammography, ELIH expects to increase the number of routine screenings on the North Fork,” states Paul J. Connor III, President/CEO.  “This is just the beginning of a comprehensive Breast Health Center identified by the ELIH Foundation as a fundraising priority for our residents.”

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival.  If detected in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate can be as high as 98 percent.*

Eastern Long Island Hospital’s continuum of care for breast cancer detection includes:  Tomosynthesis, Sonography and Breast MRI for high risk patients. To schedule a 3D mammogram, call the Central Registration Department at Eastern Long Island Hospital, 631.477-5121. Online scheduling is also available at



*SEER 18 2006-2012, All Races, Females by SEER Summary Stage 2000