Title

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

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-1-2013

Journal

Imaging in Medicine

Volume

5

Issue

2

DOI

10.2217/iim.13.10

Keywords

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

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. © 2013 Future Medicine Ltd.

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