An annual screening mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. However, for the 40% of women who have dense breast tissue, a screening mammogram alone may not be enough. That's why Mount Carmel offers automated breast ultrasound.
Automated Breast Ultrasound is the only FDA-approved breast screening technology specifically developed for women with dense breast tissue, and studies have shown it can improve breast cancer detection by up to 35%.
On a mammogram, dense breast tissue appears white. Since masses or lumps also appear white on a mammogram, a suspicious lump can be hidden by dense breast tissue. Automated breast ultrasound creates 3D pictures of dense breast tissue so that any masses or lumps can be more clearly identified.
If you have dense breast tissue, adding automated breast ultrasound to your annual screening mammogram will help provide a more clear evaluation of your breast tissue. Automated breast ultrasound does not use radiation or compression and is a relatively painless procedure that takes about 15 minutes.
Talk with your doctor about automated breast ultrasound. If you think it might be right for you, ask for a referral to the Mount Carmel St. Ann's Women's Health Center.
Mount Carmel is the exclusive provider of automated breast ultrasound in Central Ohio.