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Breast Center

The Breast Center at JFK Medical Center
Located at JFK Imaging Center
60 James Street
Edison, NJ 08820

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday , 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Screening evenings)
Wednesday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Diagnostic evening)
Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The Breast Center at JFK Medical Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology for mammography and stereotactic biopsy and certified by the Food and Drug Administration. Staffed by licensed female technologists and board-certified radiologists, the Breast Center provides comprehensive screening and diagnostic services -- such as mammography, ultrasound and stereotactic biopsy -- to detect and diagnose breast cancer. Also on staff is a registered Breast Nurse Navigator who provides women with support, guidance and resources. The Breast Center accepts physician referrals as well as self- referrals from patients who meet the American Cancer Society guidelines for age and family history. Bone density testing is also offered to women and men for osteoporosis evaluation.

The JFK Breast Center now offers digital mammography -- the most technologically-sophisticated breast exam available anywhere.

Digital mammography differs from film mammography in much the same way digital cameras differ from film cameras. In digital systems, the film is replaced by detectors that convert x-rays into electrical impulses. These signals create images that can be viewed on computer screens or printed like traditional x-rays. The patient experience is made more comfortable with the use of a Mammopad, a cushion placed over the detector.

Procedures: (All exams are read on premises.) Routine screening and diagnostic testing is available, check with the scheduling office for times.

Digital Mammography: An X-ray of the breast tissue, it  is the most effective way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stage. This technology can detect breast changes long before they can be felt, giving you more choices in treatment options and a greater chance of survival. Our state-of-the-art digital Hologic mammography systems use technology that produces extremely sharp digital images.

Ultrasound: A radiation-free technique that uses sound waves. Ultrasound can help distinguish normal breast tissue from a fluid filled cyst or a solid mass that appears on a mammogram.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy: A state-of-the-art technique that uses computer imaging to allow for the precise removal of a small area of breast tissue  via a rapid sampling of the breast tissue with minimal discomfort and minimal invasion of the breast.

Ultrasound Breast Biopsy: A state-of-the-art biopsy technique that allows a rapid sampling of the breast tissue with minimal discomfort and minimal invasion of the breast, using ultrasound guidance.

Computer-Aided Detection (CAD): Utilized to assist Radiologists in the early detection of breast cancer by providing a digitized second evaluation.

Bone Density Testing: Uses a very low dose Dual Energy X-ray beam (DEXA SCAN) to measure bone mineral density and assess osteoporosis and potential bone fracture risk.

The Nurse Navigator: Designed to reduce the amount of time, anxiety and inconvenience a woman experiences from the moment she discovers a breast abnormality to diagnosis and follow-up. The nurse will serve as patient advocate and educator. She will provide the information and reassurance during the treatment decision process, identify hospital and community resources, coordinate appointments among numerous specialties, and assess the psychological sequelae of the diagnosis and treatment.

Services:

Educational materials and instruction in breast self-examination are provided free of charge. The Breast Center also offers educational outreach programs to promote breast health awareness within the community. The Breast Center has been a Susan G. Komen grant recipient for the past 8 years and has been recognized for their educational and screening programs.

Contact the JFK Community Health Department at (732) 321-7089.

Counseling services for women diagnosed with breast cancer are available through JFK's Haven Support Services, which can be reached at (732) 321-7769.

To schedule a Mammography or Bone Density test, please call (732) 321-7540 and select option 2.