Mammography uses low-dose X-rays to examine breasts for tumors and other abnormalities that are too small or deep to be discovered by a physical examination. It’s considered the most effective method of detecting breast cancer in early, more curable stages. In fact, breast cancer has a survival rate of 99% when caught in its earliest stage.
Wondering if you're at risk? Only 5 to 10% of breast cancer is hereditary. Other risk factors include simply being female, having dense breasts and aging, as well as not being physically active, drinking alcohol, being overweight, and taking combined hormone therapy.
Atlantic Health System provides mammograms and other breast imaging procedures at a wide variety of locations to suit your needs.
- Digital mammography
- – produces an image of the inner breast tissue using electrical signals converted from low-dose X-rays
- Digital tomosynthesis mammography
- – creates three-dimensional (3D) pictures of the breast
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- – generates detailed images of the breast with the aid of a large magnet, radio waves and a computer
- 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 procedure
- – removes a sample of breast tissue for biopsy using minimally-invasive techniques guided by ultrasound, MRI or low-dose, X-ray stereotactic imaging
- Computer-aided detection (CAD)
- – highlights abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification in breasts that may indicate the presence of cancer
Schedule Your Screening Mammogram Online
Atlantic Health System offers patients the option of scheduling their routine screening mammogram online without a prescription. Make yourself a priority. Simply find a time and location that works for you and make your appointment. See if you qualify for online scheduling >
Preparing for a Mammogram
- 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 and any previous imaging records.
- 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 breast imaging facilitator from our breast center will call you prior to your appointment to provide you with instructions and answer all of your questions.
Mammogram and Breast Imaging Results
Atlantic Health System 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 mammogram within 30 days of your exam.
Chilton Medical Center
Hackettstown Medical Center
Morristown Medical Center
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
- Monday, Thursday and Friday, 7:00am to 7:15pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:00am to 3:30pm; call for Saturday hours
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- Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
Newton Medical Center
Cedar Knolls Radiology
Medical Arts Center (MAC) II - Overlook Medical Center
11 Overlook Road
Ground Floor, LL103
Summit, NJ 07901
- Monday through Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm. Evening and Saturday appointments available.
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- 11 Overlook Road
Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion
333 Mount Hope Avenue
Rockaway, NJ 07866
- Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. Walk-in appointments are available.
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- 333 Mount Hope Avenue
Morristown Medical Center Outpatient Medicine
Overlook Medical Center – Union Campus
Atlantic Health System Clark – North Pavilion
Breast imaging and bone density services may vary by location. Please confirm when booking an appointment.
Do I Qualify for Online Scheduling?
Certain criteria must be met to schedule your annual, routine screening mammogram online. This ensures that you will receive the care most appropriate to your individual needs. Online scheduling is not an available option if you:
- Are experiencing any breast problems, such as lumps, specific pain, discharge or nipple retraction
- Were prescribed a diagnostic mammogram or breast ultrasound (as opposed to a routine screening mammogram)
- Have had a mammogram in the last 365 days (most insurance plans require more than a year between mammogram appointments)
- Have breast implants or had breast surgery, a breast biopsy or a mastectomy in the last six months
- Are pregnant or have breastfed in the last six months
Atlantic Health System's #AskHer campaign encourages you to ask the women you care about to schedule their annual screening mammogram, or take the initiative and do it for yourself. Early detection saves lives.
In the U.S.,
1 in 8
women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life.
Breast cancer death rates are
higher among black women than white women.
In 2020, an estimated
new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States.
Breast cancer increases with age.
2 out of 3
invasive breast cancers are found in women over age 55.