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  • Automated Breast Ultrasound

  • If you have dense breast tissue, Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) can provide you important information and breast health confidence.

    ABUS Breast UltrasoundAbout 40 percent of women who get annual mammograms have dense breast tissue (a higher ratio of glandular/fibrous tissue vs. fatty tissue). For these women, the risk of cancer is 4-6 times higher, and mammograms alone may not be enough to detect it early.

    St. Anthony Hospital Breast Center now offers women with dense breasts Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS), the only breast cancer screening technology specifically developed and FDA approved for women with dense breast tissue.

    ABUS captures 300 slices at 2mm intervals for precise anatomical detail review without radiation. Ours is the first and only ultrasound system developed and FDA approved specifically for breast cancer screening in women with dense breast tissue. ABUS has been shown to improve breast cancer detection by 35.7% over mammography alone. Multiple clinical research studies demonstrate that radiologists can detect more cancers at an earlier, more treatable stage when using ABUS as an adjunctive screening tool with mammography. Learn more about breast density.

    ABUS Screening Experience
    An ABUS screening experience is completely unlike a mammogram. After a thin layer of lotion is applied to the breast, the technologist places the transducer on one area of the breast and the ABUS scan begins. It takes about 60 seconds. Three scans are done on each breast, producing state-of-the-art 3D ultrasound images. These are then reviewed by our dedicated radiologist. You and your physician will be informed of the results of your scan.

    If you are unsure about your breast density or your mammogram shows you have dense breasts, talk to your doctor about ABUS screening.

    For Questions about ABUS or for referral assistance call the St. Anthony Breast Center at 720-321-0400.

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