Center is first in state to offer automated whole breast ultrasound screening for early detection of cancer in women with dense breasts
July 15, 2014 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
SANTA FE, N.M.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Santa Fe Imaging has become the first facility in New Mexico and the entire mountain west region to offer 3D automated whole breast ultrasound (ABUS) for the early detection of breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue. Breast density increases the risk of breast cancer and makes it more difficult to detect by traditional mammography alone.
“Physicians get a clearer evaluation of dense breast tissue, which can significantly increase the rate of cancer detection at an earlier, more treatable stage.”
According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), more than 40 percent of all U.S. women have dense breast tissue, and women in the highest dense-breast category established by the ACR are four to six times more likely to get breast cancer compared to women with low breast density.
Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to generate a picture of the breast tissue, and no compression is necessary. Santa Fe Imaging Radiologist Monica Saini, M.D., emphasized that breast ultrasound does not replace mammography, which is still the gold standard, but ABUS is a new and important screening supplement available to women.
“Adding 3D automated breast ultrasound to mammography in dense-breasted women gives physicians a valuable new tool in the fight against breast cancer,” said Saini. “Physicians get a clearer evaluation of dense breast tissue, which can significantly increase the rate of cancer detection at an earlier, more treatable stage.”
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