ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound)
ABUS (automated breast ultrasound) imaging is an advanced way to screen patients for breast cancer. This particular screening method is not used alone, but rather as a supplement to traditional mammography. While medical professionals have used handheld ultrasounds to supplement routine mammograms for years, ABUS is now offered as a more reliable, automated alternative for some individuals.
ABUS breast imaging may be recommended for patients who:
- Are not currently experiencing breast cancer symptoms
- Have not been previously diagnosed with breast cancer
- Have dense breast tissue
Much like traditional ultrasounds, automated ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of breast tissue. The primary advantage of ABUS is that it produces as many as 5,000 images, which are merged into three-dimensional images by advanced computer software. By allowing medical professionals to examine the patient’s breast tissue from multiple angles, these scans can improve the likelihood of detecting the presence of abnormal cells.
Another advantage of ABUS is that the screening process is often shorter than a traditional ultrasound. An automated scan can take as little as seven minutes; traditional ones can take up to a half hour. Both tests are usually painless.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, individuals who are concerned about their risk of developing breast cancer can turn to our team for advanced diagnostic and screening options. ABUS is just one of the technologies that we offer as part of our commitment to finding and treating cancer as early as possible.
To learn more about ABUS or other breast cancer screening options, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. You can schedule your appointment for an automated breast ultrasound with or without a physician’s referral.