3D Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
This imaging technology utilizes ultrasound to scan the entire breast while the patient lays in a comfortable prone position. There is no breast compression or radiation associated with this procedure. The scan produces 3D volumetric images of the breast for review by the radiologist.
WHAT IS “DENSE” BREAST TISSUE AND WHY SHOULD I BE AWARE?
Dense breast tissue is comprised of less fat and more connective tissue which appears white on a mammogram. Cancer also appears white on a mammogram thus tumors are often hidden behind the dense tissue. As a woman ages, her breasts usually become more fatty.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE DENSE BREASTS?
A radiologist determines the density of a woman’s breasts by examining a mammogram. Request a copy of your mammography report from your referring doctor. Make sure it is the report that is generated from the radiologist and not a form letter. Read the report carefully. Look for any descriptions of your breast tissue density. DMS utilizes the Volpara automated volumetric breast density software.
An automatic, objective and reproducible way for standardized determination of breast density. A clinically accepted way to reduce the variation in the outcome of breast density on repeated examination or different radiologists.
Volpara volumetric determination
Volpara calculates the volumetric breast density. The result is the volume of dense breast tissue consisting of fibrous tissue and glandular tissue, the total volume of the breast, the percentage of dense tissue and a BI RADS® density category.
Volpara is vendor neutral.
Volpara Info (download PDF)
RISK FACTORS FOR WOMEN WITH DENSE BREASTS
- 40% of women who have a screening mammogram have dense breast tissue.
- The sensitivity and specificity of mammography is decreased in dense breast tissue.
- The American Cancer Society (ACS) now places the relative risk of breast cancer due to high tissue density at 4-6 times the normal risk.
RISK FACTOR LEVEL OF RISK
Age Strong increased risk
BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene Expression Strong increased risk
Family History Strong increased risk
More than 1 family member Strong increased risk
One family member Moderate increased risk
Dense Breast Tissue Strong increased risk
Personal History of Cancer Strong increased risk