17 Jul

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

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

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 to schedule your appointment.

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15 Apr

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

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

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

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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12 Dec

Breast Self-Awareness Made Easy

For years, health professionals advised women to perform tedious, multi-step breast self-exams on a monthly basis. Then, research emerged suggesting that these examinations did little to prevent breast cancer—yet statistics show that 40 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer found the lump themselves.

Almost overnight, the breast self-exams we had come to know and dread were replaced with “breast self-awareness”. While the internet buzzed with breast self-awareness memes, many of us were left wondering exactly what it means…and if breast self-exams are still necessary.

While the term sounds abstract, even a little new-agey, it’s actually a straight-forward process.

  1. Know your risk. Does a first-degree relative have breast cancer? If so, you have a higher risk of developing the disease, and should consult with your doctor.
  2. Know your normal. You won’t know if something is wrong, until you know what’s right. So, go ahead, grab your boobs, and get to know em’!
  3. Know the signs and symptoms. If something feels strange, if you notice a bump, lump, discharge, or just anything “off” about your breasts, then schedule an appointment with your doctor.
  4. Know the risk factors. Smoking, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol intake…all things to avoid if you want to live a long, healthy life.
  5. Do breast self-exams, sometimes. Just when you thought you were off the hook! According to the experts at Bergen Imaging Center, breast self-awareness should not replace self-exams. While it is not necessary to perform them on a monthly basis, we believe that they are an integral aspect of breast self-awareness.

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28 Sep

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dear Valued Patient,

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here again, and there’s no time like the present to schedule your mammogram at Bergen Imaging Center.

Did you know that breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States, second only to skin cancer?

The good news is that mammography technology has reduced breast cancer mortality in the United States by 33 percent over the last 20 years. Only 5 out of 1000—or 0.5 percent—of women who undergo a screening mammography are diagnosed with breast cancer. While the chance of a negative diagnosis is in your favor, it is still important to schedule your annual mammogram.

What are the benefits of mammography?

Mammography saves lives by detecting cancer in its earliest stages—when it is easiest to treat. It is considered the best method for detecting breast cancer because it can show changes in breast tissue up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.

How often should I get a mammogram?

Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend annual screening mammography for women beginning at age 40. If you are at risk, or have previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, please consult with your doctor.

What are the benefits of 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)?

Tomosynthesis, also referred to as 3D mammography, has been shown to increase the detection of potentially lethal cancers by as much as 41 percent, and dramatically reduces the number of false positives. 3D mammography is able to “see through” tissue, making it possible to locate tumors that would otherwise be obscured on traditional 2D mammography.

Bergen Imaging Center now offers DXA/bone density screening

DXA/Bone Density testing is a diagnostic tool, used to measure bone loss, and assess a patient’s risk for osteoporosis. It is also recognized as the ‘gold standard’ for body composition analysis.

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

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BIC News
16 Sep

Why Choose Bergen Imaging Center?

For over 30 years Bergen Imaging Center has provided the highest standard of care to the women of Bergen County. We take pride in offering a truly personalized experience, and unparalleled excellence in women’s imaging services.


A Patient-centric Experience

At Bergen Imaging Center our patients come first. Our state-of-the-art facility is fully staffed with onsite board-certified radiologists, and highly specialized technologists to meet your imaging needs.

We do everything possible to ensure your comfort—and minimize anxiety—before, during, and after your visit. This means that we only recall patients when absolutely necessary, and provide test results either on the same day, or within a few days of your appointment.

We offer flexible scheduling and shorter wait times. Unlike overbooked private doctors’ offices and hospitals, we don’t keep you waiting for hours to be seen. Our practice values your time and it shows.


Advanced Imaging Technologies

As the first facility dedicated to mammography in the state of New Jersey, we are industry leaders, and pioneers in our field. We were the first freestanding imaging center in Bergen County to install Senoclaire*, GE Healthcare’s breast tomosynthesis system, designed with three-dimensional imaging technology. And now, we are among the first to offer Prodigy*, GE Healthcare’s bone densitometry and DXA body composition analysis technology.


Award-winning Radiologists

For the fifth consecutive year, our doctors have been rated among the area’s top radiologists by a blue ribbon panel of their peers. Both our Medical Director, Dr. Christopher L. Petti, and our Associate Medical Director, Dr. Elizabeth O’Connell Mazzei were selected to be featured on  In order to qualify for this prestigious and highly-selective designation, physicians must be active, in good standing, and exceptional in their specified field.

Specializing solely in women’s imaging services—and the early detection of breast cancer—their expertise and skill are the foundation of the services we provide.

Both Dr. Petti and Dr. Mazzei are fellowship trained and board certified by the American Board of Radiology. They are known not only for their exceptional diagnostic abilities, but also for their gentle and caring bedside manner. Their status as Super Doctors reflects and strengthens our practice’s commitment to providing the highest-quality care to our patients.

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