Breast Ultrasound and ABUS

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation (x-ray) is involved in ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and bladder. At the Women’s Imaging Center we offer breast ultrasound. Breast ultrasounds are usually performed in conjunction with a diagnostic mammogram or separately. In some cases it is not possible to tell from the imaging studies alone whether a growth is benign or cancerous.

Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)

An excellent supplemental screening option for women with dense breasts

ABUS is safe, effective and inexpensive. For women with dense breasts, it is can help detect more cancers— and smaller cancers— than mammography alone. Ultrasound has been used effectively in breast cancer diagnoses for years.

Clinical studies have shown that ultrasound screening significantly increases the ability to find smaller, earlier stage cancers before they spread to the lymph nodes. These studies have demonstrated that, when combined with mammography, automated whole breast ultrasound screening effectively doubles the detection rate of breast cancer.

In addition, ultrasound is comfortable, convenient, and does not expose you to any additional radiation.

Is ABUS right for me?

This supplemental examination to mammography is ideal for women who have dense breast tissue as determined by your most recent mammogram. It is safe for women with breast implants, as well as women who are pregnant, may be pregnant or who are nursing. If you would like to know more, just ask our patient representative. A prescription from your physician is required for this exam.

Preparation and Special Instructions
What to expect
Preparation and Special Instructions

You should wear a loose-fitting two piece outfit for the examination. You may eat or drink the day of the exam. No talcum powder, perfume or deodorant under your arms and breast area the day of your exam.

What to expect

Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy. Ultrasound examinations usually take less than 30 minutes. You will lie on your back on an examining table. The technologist or doctor will apply warm gel on your skin and press the transducer firmly against your breast or breasts, moving it until the desired images are captured. There may be varying degrees of discomfort from pressure as the technologist guides the transducer over the breast being imaged.

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