Automated breast ultrasound: A novel approach to screening women with dense breasts

Megan J. Lenihan, Rachel F. Brem

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Abstract

Automated breast ultrasound is likely to be a key player in the future of imaging for women with dense breast tissue. There has previously been a gap in the ability of technology to screen dense breast tissue. Dense tissue can not only obscure cancer when imaged with x-ray mammography, but is also a risk factor, increasing the risk of breast cancer four- to six-fold for women with fibroglandular tissue greater than 60%. Ultrasound has been proven to find cancers that are not visible with mammography. Automated breast ultrasound standardizes the use of ultrasound, producing a more comprehensive and consistent image, which physicians can review quickly and easily. There is a promising future for the use of automated ultrasound for screening women with dense breast tissue. Automated breast ultrasound is proving to be a useful adjunct to mammography, which helps to catch cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalImaging in Medicine
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • 3D sonography
  • ABUS™
  • automated breast ultrasound
  • breast cancer screening
  • breast density
  • breast imaging
  • cancer detection
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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