Dense Breasts? We Have Something Made Just For You.
Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) – technology designed especially for dense breasts.
40% of American women have dense breasts, if you’ve ever been told that you’re one of them, ABUS (automated breast ultrasound) may be for you. InveniaTM ABUS uses 3D ultrasound technology to comfortably and quickly image women with dense breast tissue. Each exam takes approximately 15 minutes and is typically done after your annual mammogram.
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. Women with extremely dense breast tissue have a 4 to 6 times greater risk of developing breast cancer than women who do not have dense breast tissue.1 Invenia ABUS helps physicians look differently at dense breast tissue. Breast density is determined by the radiologist who reads your mammogram and classifies the density into one of four categories. Your doctor will tell you if you have dense breasts based on your mammogram’s classification on the density scale.
Am I a candidate for 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, like 40% of women in the U.S., the addition of ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound) screening can increase the detection of cancers. InveniaTM ABUS screening along with your screening mammogram will help provide a clear evaluation of your dense breast tissue.
What can I expect when I during the ABUS screening exam?
Your ABUS screening will typically happen after your annual mammogram. 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.
How is this different from a mammogram?
Unlike traditional 2D mammogram or 3D tomography, both of which use radiation, ABUS screening uses sound waves to create 3D pictures of the breast tissue. InveniaTM ABUS is the only FDA-approved system for breast cancer screening when used in combination with mammography in women who have dense breast tissue and no prior interventions.
For information on dense breasts go to www.areyoudense.org
For information on Invenia ABUS screening go to www.gehealthcare.com/ABUS