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Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

Diagnostic and Genetic ScreeningCarol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center at Morristown Medical Center and the Breast Center at Overlook Medical Center provides advanced screening and diagnostic procedures to detect breast cancer in women quickly and get them on the road to treatment.

We have a staff that includes board-certified, fellowship-trained breast imaging radiologists and mammography and ultrasound technologists. What’s more, all mammograms offered at our centers use digital technology.

Breast Screening Services

Our screenings, which are intended for women with no symptoms of breast disease, include:

  • Digital mammography – takes an electronic image of the breast using minimal radiation and stores it directly in a computer

    • Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) or 3-D mammography – takes multiple, clear images of the breast, so smaller tumors can be detected at an earlier stage

  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to scan body tissue and produce clear images of the breast from side-to-side, top-to-bottom and front-to-back without radiation

Additional Screenings

Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center and the Breast Center at Overlook Medical Center also provide bone density scans, which use X-rays to test for osteoporosis by measuring how many grams of calcium and other minerals are in a segment of bone 

Breast Diagnostic Services

Our centers use diagnostic tools to evaluate previously identified breast tumors or determine the cause of a suspicious finding. Services include:

  • Digital mammography – takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer

    • Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) or 3-D mammography – takes multiple, clear images of the breast, enabling radiologists to examine areas of cancerous tissue in small slices

  • Diagnostic ultrasound – uses high-frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within your body

  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to scan body tissue and produce clear images of the breast from side-to-side, top-to-bottom, and front-to-back without radiation

  • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy – pinpoints the precise location of the abnormal area; a needle is then inserted into the breast to obtain a tissue sample; a type of core biopsy

  • Breast cyst or fine needle aspiration – the removal of tissue or fluid with a needle for examination under a microscope to check for signs of breast cancer

  • Stereotactic breast biopsy – a scanning device pinpoints the precise location of the abnormal area and a needle is then inserted into the breast to obtain a tissue sample; a type of core biopsy

  • Vacuum assisted, MRI-guided core biopsy – uses a vacuum-powered instrument to collect multiple tissue samples during one needle insertion

  • Galactogram – after injecting a contrast dye into the breast, the diagnostician uses mammography to obtain pictures of the inside of the breast's milk ducts

  • Needle or wire localization – a thin wire is inserted into the breast under X-ray guidance to aid the surgeon in locating an abnormality that cannot be felt; can be used with surgical biopsy, fine needle aspiration or core needle biopsy; this can be performed using a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI

  • Lymph node mapping with sentinel node biopsy – determines whether cancer has spread from the breast to the primary lymph node

  • Histopathologic marker assessment – assesses presence of genetic markers for breast cancer

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Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center
99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center
175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center
97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Goryeb Children's Hospital
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000