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Breast Cancer Screenings and Tests

The sooner breast cancer is identified, the greater the chances of a full recovery, which is why routine screenings are so important. At Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, we have a team of board-certified, fellowship-trained experts in breast imaging radiology and mammography, as well as ultrasound technologists, who are experts in diagnostic procedures that can detect breast cancer quickly and accurately.

“Everyone involved in my care was amazing. Anything I needed – emotional support, financial guidance, a prosthesis – someone was there."

Sylvia M., breast cancer survivor
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Mammograms and Preventative Breast Screenings

Routine breast screenings are intended for women with no symptoms of disease. Our breast centers offer:

Breast Cancer Diagnostic Services

Women with a suspicious finding on a routine exam may need additional testing to determine the cause. In addition to digital mammography, 3-D mammography and breast MRI, our breast centers offer:

  • Breast ultrasound – uses high-frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within the breast
  • 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
  • Breast cyst or fine needle aspiration – removes tissue or fluid with a needle for examination under a microscope to check for signs of breast cancer
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy – pinpoints the precise location of abnormal breast tissue, after which a needle is inserted to obtain a sample
  • Vacuum assisted, MRI-guided core biopsy – uses a vacuum-powered instrument to collect multiple tissue samples during one needle insertion
  • Galactogram – obtains pictures of the inside of the breast’s milk ducts with the use of an injected contrast dye and mammography
  • Needle or wire localization – locates abnormalities that cannot be felt by hand via a thin wire that’s inserted into the breast; can be performed in conjunction with a mammogram, ultrasound and MRI, or as part of a surgical biopsy, fine needle aspiration or core needle biopsy
  • 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

Bone Density Screenings

Our breast centers also provide bone density or DEXA scans, which may be prescribed for women at risk for osteoporosis. This test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other minerals are in a segment of bone.


The breast centers of Atlantic Health System are state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to providing breast health services, such as imaging, diagnostic services and treatment planning. Designed with the patient in mind, they feature a spa-like atmosphere, soft robes, comfortable lounges, and convenient evening and Saturday appointments. 

Chilton Medical Center

Medical Arts Center (MAC) II - Overlook Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center

Newton Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion – Rockaway

Morristown Medical Center Outpatient Medicine

Hackettstown Medical Center

Overlook Medical Center – Union Campus

Breast imaging services and bone density scans may vary by location. Please confirm when booking an appointment.

Susan breast cancer patient waits in exam room
Young woman talking to doctor

Did You Know?

One in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life.

Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among women in the US after skin cancer.

Yearly mammograms should begin at age 40 for women at average risk for breast cancer.

Financial Options for Preventive Health Services

Atlantic Health has options for members of the community who have no insurance, or whose insurance does not cover screening exams.

Please call 973-971-6581 or visit the link at the button below.