What is breast ultrasound?
With ultrasound technology, there is no exposure to ionizing radiation. Instead, ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create a detailed image of the breast or other organs/tissues being examined. The ease of use, comfort and non-ionizing characteristics of ultrasound make it an attractive option for breast screening. Breast ultrasound does require a script or order from your physician.
What are dense breasts?
Breast tissue consists of fatty and fibroglandular tissue. If more than 50% of your breast is composed of fibroglandular tissue, then your breasts are classified as “dense”. Dense breast tissue is normal, a physical attribute that cannot be changed or improved. The density of your breast tissue may change over time as you progress through your normal life cycle and hormonal changes. 46% of women in the United States have dense breast tissue.
The sensitivity of mammography is significantly diminished in women with dense breast tissue, as a cancer can easily hide in a background of dense breast tissue (both appear white on a mammogram). In addition, there is up to two times higher risk of developing breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue. Supplemental imaging, 3D Automated Breast Ultrasound, complements mammography, increasing the cancer detection rate by double.
3D Automated Breast Ultrasound
What is 3D Automated Breast Ultrasound?
3D Automated Breast Ultrasound technology enables radiologists to view hundreds of breast tissue image slices, looking through layers of dense tissue to find breast cancers that may not have been detectable on a mammogram. An ultrasound + mammography screening protocol has been shown to increase detection of breast cancer by up to 50%, compared to mammography alone.
At Rochester Regional Health, we provide compassionate, personalized care. All of your breast imaging needs can often be completed in one, easy to schedule, appointment.
We partner with the Cancer Center to offer high risk genetic breast screenings. Also we partner with several breast surgeons. These partnerships will offer you comprehensive breast care.
Please check with your individual insurance company regarding any questions about insurance coverage for these exams.