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  • New 3-D screening for breast cancer now at Carol Hatton Breast Care Center

Published on December 12, 2012

New 3-D screening for breast cancer now at Carol Hatton Breast Care Center     

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Three-dimensional automated ultrasounds designed to help detect tumors in dense breast tissue are now available at Community Hospital’s Carol Hatton Breast Care Center.

3D Breast ultrasoundThe technology won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in September, after a clinical trial in which Community Hospital was one of only 10 centers nationwide to take part. The ultrasounds are done in conjunction with a routine screening mammogram for women with dense breast tissue, which can make tumors harder to see. Women with dense breast tissue are four-to-six times more likely to get breast cancer.

The Carol Hatton Breast Care Center began offering the ultrasounds after the addition of a somo-v® Automated Breast Ultrasound system (ABUS), the only one in Monterey County.

“This ultrasound and mammography pick up 30 percent more cancers than mammography alone in women with dense breasts,” says Dr. Susan Roux, medical director of the center.

More than 40 percent of women have dense breasts, but most don’t even know it. That will change in April in California under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. It requires that women be informed if they have dense tissue so they are aware that routine mammography alone may not effectively detect cancer.

The law requires mammography providers to include this language in the post-exam report sent to patients:

Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

This information about the results of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness and to inform your conversations with your doctor. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. A report of your results was sent to your physician.

In addition to the written report, the new law requires doctors to inform women who have dense breast tissue that additional screening may be recommended and that a range of breast screening options, such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, are available.

Similar laws have been enacted in four other states. The California legislation was prompted by Amy Colton of Santa Cruz, a registered nurse and cancer survivor. Colton was never informed of her breast density during years of routine mammograms and only discovered that she had dense breasts after completing treatment for breast cancer. Roux testified in favor of the measure before the California Legislature.

Get more information about the services of the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center by calling 622-2760.


Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 207 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at

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