The Star and Barry Tobias Women’s Health Center combines comfort, convenience and unexpected pampering with the best in early detection and diagnostic services. Key services include the most advanced mammography technology available for both routine mammography screening and diagnostic mammography, as well as bone density screening for detecting osteoporosis.
The Star and Barry Tobias Women’s Health Center also offers access to women’s physicians, nurse navigators, and experts in nutrition, wellness and fitness. Everything you need to take care of your health and well-being.
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BREAST BIOPSIES & PROCEDURES
Stereotactic core needle biopsy (SCNB) is a core biopsy that uses X-rays and computer coordinates. It offers a groundbreaking alternative to standard, open surgical biopsy. SCNB procedures are performed in an outpatient setting using local anesthesia. During this procedure, small samples of tissue are removed from the breast for analysis using a hollow needle. This revolutionary diagnostic procedure is less invasive, less painful, and less costly than traditional surgical biopsy.
WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER FAQs
To make an appointment at The Star and Barry Tobias Women’s Health Center, please call 732-294-2778 or request an appointment online.
3D Mammograms are covered by Medicare and a growing number of private insurers. Please contact your insurance company for specific coverage details.
Financial assistance can be obtained through a grant from the William T. Morris Foundation. Please call the Women’s Health Center at 732-294-2626 for details. For more information on screening assistance, please visit The VNA Health Group.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40. The American Cancer Society (ACS), US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), ACR and SBI agree that this approach saves the most lives.
Getting mammograms starting at age 40 improves odds of survival and can help avoid more extensive treatment.
Women who have had breast cancer and those who are at increased risk due to a family history of breast cancer should seek expert medical advice about the frequency of screening and whether they should begin screening before age 40.
If you’re 40 or older, due for your “routine” mammography screening and have no symptoms, just make an appointment and come on in. No prescription needed. If an abnormality is detected, your nurse navigator will contact your physician or find you one if you don’t have one. Self-referred mammography is covered by most insurances the same way it would be if you had a prescription. Medicaid requires prescriptions for all imaging studies.
“Diagnostic” mammograms still require a prescription. This includes mammos for breast pain, a breast lump, nipple discharge, call-backs, and follow-ups to prior studies and biopsies.
Thermography is a non-invasive tool that uses an infrared camera to produce images that show the patterns of heat and blood flow on or near the surface of the body. The FDA states that thermography is not an effective alternative to mammography and should not be used in place of mammography for breast cancer screening or diagnosis. Thermography devices should only be used with another screening or diagnostic test like mammography, not for use as a standalone diagnostic tool.
A bone density test (also called a DEXA scan) uses x-rays to measure calcium and bone mineral levels present in a particular section of a bone. Typically, a bone density test is performed on the spine or hip to determine decreases in a patient’s bone density before a break occurs.
A bone density test determines if you have normal bone density; it is not used to test for bone cancer. Doctors use a bone scan if cancer is suspected and the scan can detect if the cancer started in a patient’s bones (primary cancer) or if it spread from another part of the body (metastatic cancer).
Women should speak to their physician about getting a baseline bone density test as they approach menopause to monitor bone loss and take action, if needed. Women with risk factors, such as a low intake of calcium and vitamin D, low body weight or low estrogen levels, should also speak to their physician about a bone density test. All women age 65 and older should make a bone density test a routine part of their health screenings.