Mammography uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts and aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. At Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center at Morristown Medical Center, we offer:
- Digital mammography – uses electrical signals to produce an image of the inner breast tissue
- Digital tomosynthesis mammography – creates three-dimensional (3D) pictures of the breast
- Breast ultrasound – uses sound waves to determine if a breast tissue is dense or if a lump is solid or filled with fluid; not intended as a replacement for a mammogram
- Interventional breast procedures – minimally-invasive biopsies utilizing ultrasound and magnetic resonance and stereotactic imaging
- Computer-aided detection (CAD) – highlights abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification in breasts that may indicate the presence of cancer
Preparing for a Mammography at Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center
- Before scheduling a mammogram, discuss any problems in your breasts with your doctor and inform him or her of any prior surgeries, hormone use and family or personal history of breast cancer.
- Try to schedule your mammogram one week after your period. Do not schedule your mammogram for the week before your period if your breasts are usually tender during this time.
- Obtain any prior breast imaging, including mammograms, ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging scans, and bring them with you on the day of your exam.
- Inform your doctor or the technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant or are breastfeeding.
- Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots.
- To avoid delays, remember to bring a copy of your prescription.
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete all necessary paperwork.
- Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
If you are having a breast interventional procedure, a nurse facilitator from our breast center will call you prior to your appointment to provide you with instructions and answer all of your questions.
Mammography and Breast Imaging Results
Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center radiologists are board-certified and fellowship-trained in supervising and interpreting breast imaging examinations. They will interpret your breast imaging and send a signed report to your primary care physician or the physician who referred you for the exam. He or she will discuss the results with you. You will also be notified by mail of the results of your mammography within 30 days of your exam.
Locations and Appointments
Mammography is available at:
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