Breast Imaging Services

We deliver the most advanced and accurate breast imaging services in New Jersey, including:

Screening Mammogram

This appointment is for patients who are NOT having any new problems, but need their yearly routine mammogram. Current guidelines recommend annual routine screening beginning at age 40. Patients, who are determined to be at high risk, might begin screening at an earlier age. Patients receive the results of their screening mammogram by mail or by telephone. 

Diagnostic Mammogram with Same Day Results

This appointment is for a woman who has experienced new breast changes such as a lump, nipple changes, thickening or has a finding on her screening mammogram. The diagnostic mammogram includes the routine breast-imaging views, as well as additional views, that provide more information regarding the area in question. If needed, an ultrasound and/or an ultrasound-guided biopsy can usually be performed the same day with a proper referral. Your imaging results will be discussed with you before you leave.

Diagnostic Mammogram 

This appointment is for a woman who is not having any new problems, but requires a diagnostic mammogram, based on her personal history and/or the radiologist's recommendation from previous imaging. The diagnostic mammogram includes the routine, as well as additional views that provide more information regarding the area in question. The results will be communicated either by mail or by a telephone call from our nursing staff.

Comprehensive Consultation 

Patients who have had their screening or diagnostic mammograms at another facility where an abnormality or question has been raised can seek a consultation or second opinion with our team of breast care experts, which include radiologists, surgeons and pathologists. When the patient calls, she will be connected to a Nurse Navigator who will obtain a history and streamline the process.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a procedure in which radio waves and powerful magnets are linked to a computer to create detailed images of breast tissue. No radiation is used to create a MRI image. MRI is a reliable method of imaging for silicone breast implants for rupture or leakage. In addition, breast MRI is sometimes performed to evaluate the breast, in which case a contrast injection is needed. 

Genetic Testing

We offer a program for women who are at increased risk for developing breast cancer. A tailored plan for ongoing surveillance is created for each patient based upon her risk. These consultations also can include genetic counseling and testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are associated with breast and ovarian cancers.

Diagnostic Services

Although 80% of breast biopsies are not cancerous, a diagnosis must be made on every suspicious finding. Most patients with symptoms do not require a biopsy, but when a biopsy is necessary, approximately 4 out of 5 are benign. The Betty Torricelli Institute for Breast Care offers every diagnostic tool available. Your radiologist, surgeon and a team of on-site pathologists work together to interpret and diagnose test results as quickly as possible.

Our diagnostic services include:

Breast Ultrasound
An ultrasound is a diagnostic tool, used in combination with mammography that offers additional information regarding a clinical or radiographic question.

Cyst Aspiration
With ultrasound guidance, a fine needle is inserted into a sac within the breast and fluid is extracted. If necessary, the fluid can be sent for analysis. In most cases, the fluid is determined to be benign, and no further testing is necessary.

Fine Needle Aspiration
With ultrasound guidance, a fine needle is inserted into the breast and cells are removed. The cells are sent to the laboratory for analysis by a pathologist.

Core Biopsy 
With ultrasound guidance, a hollow core needle is used to remove tissue from the breast. The tissue is sent to the laboratory for analysis by a pathologist.

Stereotactic Core Biopsy 
With mammographic imaging, a hollow core needle with a vacuum is used to remove tissue from the breast. The tissue is sent to the laboratory for analysis by a pathologist.

MRI Guided Biopsy
With MRI guidance, a hollow core needle with a vacuum is used to remove tissue from the breast. The tissue is sent to the laboratory for analysis by a pathologist.

If you are having any of the above biopsies, you can continue to take your medications, except any blood thinners. Please contact your physician to know when to stop these medications prior to your biopsy. However, you may eat prior to your visit.

 


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