Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS)
About 40% of women have dense breast tissue. For these women — mammograms alone may not be enough to find breast cancer. ABUS is the only breast cancer screening technology that is FDA-approved for detection in women with dense breast tissue.
What does breast density mean?
Breasts are made of fat and breast tissue. Some women have more fat than breast tissue while others have more breast tissue than fat. When there is more breast tissue, the breast is considered dense. On a mammogram dense tissue looks white. Since masses or lumps also appear white on a mammogram, a suspicious lump may be masked by the dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue is also linked with an increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. ABUS helps physicians look differently at dense breast tissue.
The ABUS screening experience.
From the moment you lie down on the exam table, you’ll realize that ABUS screening is completely unlike a mammogram. A layer of lotion is applied to your breast, and then a scanner is firmly positioned on your breast to acquire the images. The exam takes approximately 15 minutes and provides your doctor with clear 3D ultrasound images. The physician will review the ABUS screening images along with your mammogram.
Should I have an ABUS screening exam?
ABUS breast cancer screening is specifically developed to help doctors find cancers hidden in dense breast tissue, which may be missed by mammography.
If you have dense breast tissue, the addition of ABUS screening can increase the detection of cancers. ABUS screening along with your screening mammogram will help provide a clear evaluation of your dense breast tissue.