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Breast Cancer Screening NJ
08 Sep
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How Early Should You Be Screened For Breast Cancer?

Breast Cancer Awareness: How Early Should You Be Screened For Breast Cancer? 

New research suggests that annual mammograms – starting at age 40 – reduce death rates by 40 percent. These findings are significant, and timely, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October quickly approaches. This article is part of Bergen Imaging Center’s breast cancer awareness educational series.  

For years the debate has raged on among medical professionals: at what age – and how often – should women be screened for breast cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, women should begin getting annual mammograms at age 45, yet the US Preventative Task Force recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74, while the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging says annual screening should start at the age of 40.

A recent study sheds light on the issue, and may finally lead to consensus on breast cancer screening guidelines in the medical community. New research published in CANCER, a peer-reviewed medical journal, suggests that annual mammograms beginning at the age of 40 reduce mortality rates by 40 percent.

The researchers used computer modeling to estimate how many breast cancer deaths may be prevented, based on the aforementioned breast cancer screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society, US Preventative Task Force, and American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging.

They found that annual screening mammograms, beginning at age 40, could reduce breast cancer related deaths by nearly 40 percent, compared with 31 percent and 23 percent for the other protocols.

“Our findings are important and novel because this is the first time the three most widely discussed recommendations for screening mammography have been compared head to head,” said lead author of the study, Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo of Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

“Our research would be put to good use if, because of our findings, women chose to begin annual screening mammography starting at age 40. Over the long term, this would be significant because fewer women would die from breast cancer,” she said.

While we await consensus on breast cancer screening guidelines in the medical industry, this study supports what we’ve known for many years: mammograms save lives. If you’re due for your annual mammogram, call or email Bergen Imaging Center to schedule your appointment today.

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Bergen NJ Top Docs
31 Aug
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Christopher L. Petti, M.D., Named to NJ Top Docs

Bergen Imaging Center Medical Director, Christopher L. Petti, M.D., Awarded Prestigious NJ Top Docs Designation

To paraphrase NJ Top Docs, Christopher L. Petti, M.D., is a great physician by choice, not by chance.

Bergen Imaging Center is proud to announce that our very own medical director, Christopher L. Petti, M.D., was recently named a Top Doc by NJ Top Docs, a division of USA Top Docs.

NJ Top Docs is an exclusive healthcare resource that strives to provide patients with access to the best dentists and physicians in the state of New Jersey. They review, approve, and feature only the most respected and qualified healthcare providers in the region.

In order to be accepted, doctors undergo an extensive screening process, and are selected by a team of medical professionals with over forty years of experience.

Dr. Petti is fellowship trained and board certified by the American Board of Radiology. With over 20 years of experience, he is known not only for his exceptional diagnostic abilities, but for his caring and efficient bed side manner.

Additionally, Dr. Petti was recently rated among the area’s top radiologists by a blue ribbon panel of his peers, receiving the prestigious Super Doctors designation for five consecutive years. Super Doctors represents the top five percent of all physicians in the New York metropolitan area.

Bergen Imaging Center is honored to have Dr. Petti on our team; his skill and expertise are the foundation of the specialized care that we provide. His status as both a Super Doctor and NJ Top Doc reflects and strengthens our practice’s commitment to providing the highest-quality care to our patients.

For 30 years, Bergen Imaging Center, located in Englewood, New Jersey, has been at the forefront of women’s imaging. We were the first facility dedicated to mammography in the state, and the first to offer digital mammography in Bergen County, NJ. Our state-of-the-art facility is fully staffed with onsite board certified radiologists and highly specialized staff that truly care about delivering a comfortable and patient-centric experience. Bergen Imaging Center is privately owned, and fully committed to providing unparalleled excellence in women’s imaging services.

Our services include: digital mammography; 3D mammography with GE Healthcare’s Senoclaire 3D Tomosynthesis system; body composition and bone density scans with Prodigy*, GE Healthcare’s bone densitometry and DXA body composition analysis technology; breast ultrasound; breast biopsy; and general ultrasound.

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Breast Cancer Awareness
15 Aug
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Breast Cancer Awareness: It’s a Lifestyle  

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime –that’s roughly 12.4 percent of the female population of the United States – yet we only set aside one month of the year dedicated to educating and fundraising for the potentially devastating illness.

At Bergen Imaging Center we believe that breast cancer awareness is more than just a month – it’s a lifestyle. That’s why each article leading up to, and immediately following Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, will focus on breast cancer education.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Know the Facts

If you’re a woman, you’re at risk for developing breast cancer. While it can occur in men, women are 200 times more likely to develop the disease.

Your risk increases with age. Less than five percent of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women under 40. The risk of developing breast cancer increases once a woman hits 40, and is highest in women 70 and older.

Eighty-Five percent of women with breast cancer have no family history of the illness. While some types are thought to be hereditary, most types of breast cancer are caused by mutations in cells acquired over the course of a lifetime. That said, if you have a first-degree relative with the disease, your risk may be higher, and you should let your doctor know.

Diet and lifestyle choices play a major role in breast cancer prevention. Smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle, and stress are all risk factors you can control.

Mammograms save lives. Early detection is the best form of prevention*, so if you’re due for a mammogram, there’s no time like to present to schedule your appointment.

*Early detection is the best prevention from death due to breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, survival rates for women with stage 0 to stage 1 breast cancer is nearly 100 percent.

 

 

 

 

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17 Jul
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Breast Biopsy Guide: What to Expect During Your Ultrasound Guided Biopsy

If your doctor finds a lump, bump, or other abnormality on your mammogram, he or she will most likely refer you to a local women’s imaging center for a breast biopsy. While fear and anxiety are natural reactions, rest assured that the vast majority of biopsies – 4 out of 5 – test negative for cancer. In the worst-case scenario, a breast biopsy can save your life by detecting the illness early on.

What is a breast biopsy?

A breast biopsy is a diagnostic procedure in which cells are removed from a suspicious mass on the breast, and examined in order to determine whether they are benign or malignant.

Bergen Imaging Center offers ultrasound guided biopsies. During this procedure, your radiologist uses an ultrasound to guide the needle to the biopsy site. This is also referred to as an “image guided” biopsy, and offers greater accuracy in pinpointing the abnormal growth compared to other types of biopsies.

We offer three different biopsy procedures including: ultrasound guided fine needle aspirations, ultrasound guided cyst aspirations, and ultrasound guided core needle biopsies.

What are the advantages of ultrasound guided biopsies ?

Ultrasound guided biopsies are faster and less invasive than surgical biopsies. The entire procedure takes under an hour and leaves little or no scarring. Other advantages include:

  • No ionizing radiation
  • Less expensive than stereotactic or surgical biopsies
  • Minimal recovery time required
  • Higher accuracy in determining whether a breast abnormality is benign or malignant
  • Ability to evaluate lumps in hard to reach places such as under the arm or near the chest

What to expect during my breast biopsy?

Image-guided, minimally invasive ultrasound guided breast biopsies are performed by a radiologist on an outpatient basis.

You will be positioned face up, or slightly on your side on the examination table, as the area to be biopsied is numbed with anesthetic. Then, using the ultrasound probe to visualize the location of the suspicious mass, your radiologist will insert the biopsy needle into your skin, advance it towards the lump, and extract the necessary tissue samples for examination. Exact details of the procedure vary depending on the type of biopsy performed (ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration, ultrasound guided cyst aspiration, or ultrasound guided core needle biopsy).

While you may experience some bruising, scarring is rare. It is important to keep the biopsy site dry, and avoid exercise or heavy lifting for 24 hours. You will be contacted once your results are in, generally within a few days.

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3D Mammography NJ
15 Jun
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3D Mammography NJ: Benefits of Digital Tomosynthesis

Digital breast tomosynthesis, more commonly referred to as 3D mammography, is a potentially lifesaving procedure that makes it easier for doctors to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.

During a 3D mammogram, multiple low dose X-ray images known as “slices” of the breast are acquired at different angles. 3D mammography allows radiologists to see inside, layer by layer, while increasing visibility of fine details by minimizing the appearance of overlapping tissue.

Benefits of 3D Mammography, NJ : Bergen Imaging Center

Higher detection rates – 3D mammography detects abnormalities missed by traditional 2D mammograms. This is because 3D mammography can “see through” the tissue, making it possible to locate tumors that would otherwise be obscured on a 2D mammogram.

See through dense breasts – 3D mammography provides clearer images of dense breast tissue, and demonstrates greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape, and location of abnormalities. Breasts are considered dense if they have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fatty tissue. Breast density, a significant breast cancer risk factor, is also one of the strongest predictors of the failure of traditional mammography to detect breast cancer.

Fewer recall rates – 3D mammography results in fewer recall rates for patients – reducing patient anxiety as well the need for additional testing.

Low dose X-ray – A 3D mammogram releases the same amount of radiation as a traditional mammogram, and poses no higher risk to the patient.

Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women undergo annual mammograms starting at age 40, whether or not they present symptoms or have a family history of breast cancer.  

Mammograms save lives. Call Bergen Imaging Center to schedule your 3D mammogram today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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02 May
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May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

Did you know that May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month? While not nearly as talked about as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s just as important.

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones—reducing bone density, and making them more susceptible to fractures. While it is most common in postmenopausal women, it can also affect men, and even children.

Roughly 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis , while another 44 million have low bone density, and are at risk for developing the disease. That means that approximately 54 million people, or half of the population over the age of 50, are at risk for bone fractures.

Just because osteoporosis doesn’t get the same amount of attention as cancer or heart disease doesn’t make it any less serious—an estimated 20 percent of people who break a hip die within one year, and another 50 percent end up in a nursing home.

While there is no sure fire way to prevent osteoporosis or loss of bone density—maintaining a healthy diet, incorporating strength training into your workouts, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can lower your risk.

It’s also important to discuss risk factors with your doctor, and find out if you could benefit from DXA bone density testing.

Bone Mineral Densitometry, more commonly referred to as bone density screening, is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that measures bone density using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) technology.

The procedure is quick and painless, and patients are exposed to minimal levels of radiation—equivalent to roughly one day of background radiation from natural sources.

If it’s time for your bone density screening, give us a call at 201.568.4242, or visit us online at www.bergenimagingcenter.com to schedule your appointment.

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15 Apr
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What is DXA Bone Densitometry?

Bone Mineral Densitometry, more commonly referred to as bone density screening, is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that measures bone density using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) technology.

DXA bone densitometry is used to determine if a patient has osteoporosis and is at risk for fractures. While osteoporosis is most commonly found in post-menopausal women, it can also occur in men, and in rare instances, children.

Bergen Imaging Center uses central/large table top DXA, which is a non-invasive, painless examination consisting of low dose X-ray. The technology rapidly measures bone density at the spine and hips; occasionally looking at the forearm, or the whole body when necessary. DXA is considered the ‘gold standard’ method for measuring bone mineral density and diagnosing osteoporosis.

The procedure is quick and painless, and patients are exposed to minimal levels of radiation—equivalent to roughly one day of background radiation from natural sources.

Who Can Benefit from DXA Bone Density Testing?
*If you are pregnant, please notify technician so test can be rescheduled.

• Postmenopausal women below age 65 who have risk factors for osteoporosis
• All women aged 65 and older
• Men age 70 and older
• Anyone (including children) with a disease, condition or medication associated with osteoporosis
• Anyone who is considering therapy for osteoporosis, if bone density testing would facilitate the decision
• Patients who have experienced fractures after mild trauma (fragility fracture)
• Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for prolonged periods
• Anyone being treated for osteoporosis, to monitor the effects of therapy

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10 Mar
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Advantages of DXA Body Composition Analysis

DXA body composition analysis provides a snapshot of your body’s composition, breaking it down into bone, fat, and lean tissue.

You know the saying, ‘a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat’? Well, it’s a myth. A pound of fat and a pound of muscle weigh exactly the same amount…one pound.

But while muscle works overtime, revving up your metabolism even while you sleep, excess fat can have detrimental effects on your health, increasing your risk for diseases ranging from breast cancer to diabetes to heart disease.

That’s why it’s problematic to focus on weight as the sole indicator of your fitness level. The number on your bathroom scale is misleading—it only shows how many pounds you’ve gained or lost—but doesn’t distinguish between your body’s bone mass, fat mass, and lean mass.

While there are any number of tools and methods out there that try – from fat calipers to body mass index (BMI)—none rival the accuracy of DXA body composition analysis.

Advantages of DXA Body Composition Analysis

  • A DXA scan is a quick and painless procedure that takes about 10 minutes.
  • DXA body composition analysis exposes you to less radiation than a one hour flight.
  • DXA body composition analysis is considered the GOLD standard of body fat testing.
  • DXA technology is used worldwide by elite athletes, trainers, and doctors.
  • DXA is the most accurate technology for body composition analysis, period.

GE’s CoreScan* DXA technology, now available at Bergen Imaging Center, quantifies a patient’s visceral fat (fat tissue that surrounds your internal organs) to help in the prevention and management of cardiometabolic diseases associated with excess visceral fat – including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

The ability of DXA to accurately measure fat, and provide total body composition analysis, makes it an invaluable tool for patients, athletes, and clients who want to track their progress in any fitness program.

*Trademark of General Electric Company

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Bergen’s Breast Cancer Cheat Sheet
08 Feb
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Bergen’s Breast Cancer Cheat Sheet

According to BreastCancer.Org, one in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. That translates to roughly 12 percent of the female population. While it’s impossible to know exactly what causes it and who will develop it, prevention starts with staying informed.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Age: Your risk increases with age. Less than five percent of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women under 40. The risk of developing breast cancer increases once a woman hits 40, and is highest in women 70 and older.

Genetics: Around 85 percent of women with breast cancer do not have relatives with the disease. Most types of breast cancer are caused by mutations in cells acquired over the course of a lifetime. That said, some types of breast cancer are hereditary. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the most well known genes associated with the disease. While everyone has those genes, some people have mutations in one or both of them associated with an increased risk for developing breast cancer. These mutations only account for five to ten percent of all breast cancers.

Breast Density: Dense breasts are associated with a higher breast cancer risk. Size has nothing to do with density. A woman can have small dense breasts, with more glandular tissue than fatty tissue, and an increased risk of developing the disease—while a large breasted woman could have fewer milk producing glands, and a lower risk.

Diet and Lifestyle: This is one of the few risk factors we can control. Smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet, and leading a sedentary lifestyle all increase your risk of developing breast cancer. One of the best forms of prevention is eating a balanced diet and exercising.

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Breast Cancer Doctor
06 Jan
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Breast Cancer And You: 4 Questions You Need to Ask Your Doctor

Statistics show that one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is more than 92 percent. Talking to your doctor about breast cancer may not rank high on your New Year’s resolution list, but it’s a discussion that could save your life.

As anyone who has ever visited an MD knows—they are extraordinarily busy people.  That’s why it’s important to arrive at your appointment prepared. We took care of the legwork to provide you with the four most important questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer.

  1. What are my risk factors for breast cancer?

In order for you doctor to properly answer this question, make sure to provide her with a detailed family history. For example, if your mother had breast cancer, let her know.

  1. What are your recommendations for screening and prevention, based on my personal risk?

The American Cancer Society recommends yearly screening mammograms once you turn 45. However, your doctor will provide a personalized assessment based on your family history and relevant risk factors.

  1. What can I do to prevent breast cancer?

There is no surefire way to prevent cancer. That said, avoiding alcohol and smoking, maintaining a healthy BMI, exercising, and eating right can lower your risk. Be honest with your physician about any bad habits, such as smoking, so she can identify risk factors, and help you make appropriate changes.

  1. What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?

Practicing breast self-awareness—knowing what’s normal for your body—is essential for breast cancer prevention. If you notice anything abnormal—lumps, bumps, swelling, discharge, etc.—tell your doctor.

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