RBMC’s Center for Women is dedicated to the special needs of women, offering a comprehensive approach to breast health, wellness and disease prevention. With locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, our newly renovated facilities combine the highest quality imaging technology with comfortable, spa-like surroundings and a uniquely personalized level of care.
We make it easy and convenient for women to receive state-of-the-art testing, including mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI, image-guided biopsy and bone densitometry, along with various other women’s health services, from holistic medicine to lymphedema therapy.
At RBMC’s Center for Women, you’ll find a compassionate group of professionals devoted to your well-being. Because we understand the value of a little more help… and a little less to worry about.
Schedule an Appointment
RBMC’s Center for Women has two outpatient locations including our longstanding Old Bridge office and a newly opened Women’s Imaging suite in Perth Amboy. Both offer a host of amenities for optimal privacy, comfort and convenience, including free parking and easy access to all hospital services.
Old Bridge: 3 Hospital Plaza, Suite 302 (Medical Arts Building)
Perth Amboy: 530 New Brunswick Avenue, 1st Floor Blue Wing (enter from Lawrie Street)
To schedule an appointment, please call 732.324.5270.
Women’s Imaging and Diagnostics
RBMC is lauded as a Pink Ribbon FacilityTM in recognition of superior imaging for early breast cancer detection and the advancement of women’s health. Our nationally recognized Center for Women offers a wide array of diagnostic services, including the latest technology and techniques:
Digital Mammography– Double Read Method – Every screening mammogram is carefully reviewed for abnormalities by two radiologists and checked again with a sophisticated, computer-aided detection system (CAD) for a third evaluation. These three checks insure that you are getting the best care possible…three different checks, for three times the peace of mind.
Identifying abnormalities in breast tissue is very difficult. Large research studies have shown that having two doctors perform a separate evaluation of each mammogram and then comparing their opinions significantly increases the likelihood of identifying cancer. If the opinions of the two radiologists are different, a third physician will be consulted until a determination is reached.
Each year, according to the American Cancer Society, approximately 40 million mammograms are performed on women in the United States,the majority with 2D digital mammography. Approximately 4 million women are called back for additional examinations, more than 1 million minimally invasive biopsies are performed, and about 300,000 cancers are detected. Although breast cancer survival rates are increasing, 40,000 women still die of breast cancer each year in the U.S.
A new study, released this year in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), comparing Hologic®3D mammography technology, called breast tomosynthesis, with conventional 2D mammography alone, showed a significant reduction in recall rates and a sizeable increase in cancer detection with 3D mammography.
“3D mammograms overcome many of the limitations of conventional mammography, namely missed cancers and unnecessary recalls,” says Donna Earley, R.T. and director of Diagnostic Imaging at Raritan Bay Medical Center.
“The use of this groundbreaking technology when performing a screening exam allows our radiologists to see distortions of the breast tissue in greater detail than with 2D mammography alone,” says Donna. “This results in earlier detection of cancers when they are easier to treat and a reduction in false positives that may look worrisome on conventional digital mammography.”
A new study found that the use of 3D mammography resulted in:
38% drop in recall rates
11% drop in biopsy rates
35% increase in cancer detection rates
53% increase in invasive cancer detection rates
Fortunately for women in central New Jersey, Hologic 3D mammography is now available exclusively at the Center for Women at Raritan Bay Medical Center.
When Should You Have Your First Mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Clinical breast exams (CBE) should occur about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their doctors. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Some women, because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors, should consider additional screenings. Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.
To schedule a 3D mammogram appointment, call 732.324.5270.
Treatment & Rehabilitation
The Center for Women works in partnership with several RBMC departments to provide a continuum of women’s health services, including the following:
Treatment for Urinary Incontinence – Professionals from the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation offer the newest treatments for incontinence, pelvic pain and other conditions to help women reclaim a full, active lifestyle.
Lymphedema Therapy – Certified physical therapists assist in the prevention and management of lymphedema, a medical complication associated with breast cancer treatment.
Holistic Medicine – Women can achieve optimal healing and wellness through a variety of holistic therapies offered in conjunction with RBMC’s Division of Integrative Medicine. Acupuncture, massage, Reiki and Tai Chi are just a few of the services available.
Focus on Wellness
The Center for Women promotes healthy living through one-on-one counseling and a Resource Library filled with literature, videos, computer workstations and other tools to empower and educate women; from stress management, to nutrition, to illness prevention. Each of our facilities offers this complimentary service to patients and the community.
Our Team Approach
Our experienced team of board certified physicians, registered nurses, licensed therapists and other women’s health specialists work with your doctor to develop a customized plan of care.
For more information about Center for Women services, call 732-360-4232.
With locations in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge, New Jersey, Raritan Bay Medical Center delivers critical world-class healthcare services care to Monmouth and Middlesex County residents. As providers of first-class healthcare in the areas of stroke, cardiology, cancer, physical rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, pediatric medicine, Raritan Bay Medical Center continues to stay on the forefront of medicine.