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RWJBarnabas Health Breast Services

From revolutionary diagnostic technologies, to innovative and promising new therapies, each RWJBarnabas Health breast program offers world-class care and treatment by a team of medical experts. From medical and radiation oncology, to conservation and reconstruction surgeries, our team of physicians, surgeons, social workers, nurse navigators and genetic counselors are readily available to assist patients and their families — all with an unwavering focus on not only physical well-being, but also emotional and social wellness.

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Types of Breast Imaging


A mammogram is an X-ray exam of the breast that's used to detect and evaluate breast changes. While X-rays were first used to examine breast tissue nearly a century ago, modern mammography has only existed since the late 1960s, when special X-ray machines were designed and used just for breast imaging. Fast forward to 2013, as today's mammograms expose the breast to much less radiation compared with those in the past while producing greater accuracy. Simply put, a mammogram is the best tool for early detection of breast cancer. The standard recommendation is an annual mammographic screening for women beginning at age 40.

Screening Mammogram

Screening mammograms are X-ray exams of the breasts that are used for women who have no breast symptoms. The goal is to find breast cancer when it's too small to be felt by a woman or her physician. Finding small breast cancers early with a screening mammogram greatly improves a woman's chance for successful treatment.

Diagnostic Mammogram

Diagnostic mammograms are performed if abnormalities are found in a screening mammogram or if there are noticeable breast concerns. It is still an X-ray of the breast, but more images are taken to carefully study the area of concern. In most cases, special pictures are enlarged to make a small area of suspicious breast tissue easier to evaluate.

Digital Mammogram

Digital mammography combines computer and imaging technologies to produce high-quality images that can be digitally manipulated for detailed investigation of specific parts of the breast.

3D Mammogram (Tomosynthesis)

  • X-ray machines take images of thin slices of the breast from different angles and computer software is used to reconstruct an image.
  • Tomosynthesis uses very-low dose X-rays, but is generally performed at the same time as a standard two-dimensional digital mammography, so the radiation dose is slightly higher.

Breast Imaging

RWJBarnabas Health offers the latest in screening and diagnostic imaging tools to help detect and diagnose breast cancer.

Breast Ultrasound

An ultrasound, also known as sonography, uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall. Breast ultrasound is used to find the cause of the breast symptoms, check a breast lump found on breast self-examination or physical examination, and check abnormal mammogram results.

Breast MRI

Utilized in combination with other tests, such as mammogram or ultrasound, breast MRI is recommended for screening women who are at high risk for breast cancer due to family history and/or a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. It is used for patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to help measure the size of the cancer and look for any other tumors in the breast. It's also used to examine the opposite breast — to be sure that it doesn't contain any tumors.

Breast MRI Biopsy

An MRI-guided breast biopsy is helpful when MRI imaging shows a breast abnormality such as a suspicious mass not identified by other imaging techniques, and an area of distortion or abnormal tissue change. Using MRI guidance to calculate the position of the abnormal tissue and to verify the placement of the needle, the radiologist inserts the biopsy needle through the skin, advances it into the lesion and removes tissue samples.


A galactogram is a special X-ray exam that evaluates breast fluid. The procedure requires the insertion of a very fine plastic tube into the breast duct. This allows the radiologist to insert a contrast material into the duct so it can be seen on the X-ray of your breast.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Stereotactic breast biopsy is a non-surgical needle biopsy technique that may be used in place of surgery to decide whether a suspicious mammographic lesion is benign or malignant. This procedure involves an X-ray-guided needle that is controlled by a computer to obtain a tiny sampling of breast tissue.

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