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3-D breast ultrasound

somo-v Automated Breast Ultrasound System

somo-v Automated Breast Ultrasound system (ABUS)

More than 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue, which makes tumors harder to see with mammography alone. To improve detection, Community Hospital offers a 3-D Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) in conjunction with routine screening mammography.

Should you have a 3-D ultrasound? Your mammography provider can tell you whether you have dense breast tissue and could potentially benefit from additional screening. Beginning in April 2013, providers in California were required to notify women when their mammograms show that they have dense breast tissue.

What to expect

Before starting the exam, the ABUS operator attaches a sheer membrane to the ultrasound scanner. A layer of coupling lotion is applied to the breast to ensure good contact between the ultrasound scanning device, called a transducer, and the skin to capture a 3-D picture of the breast  tissue between the skin and the chest wall. To ensure the best image quality, the stabilizing membrane of the somo•v ABUS is firmly positioned on the breast during scanning, which gently flattens the breast tissue against the body and prevents breast movement.

First, a 10-second preview scan automatically determines the patient's unique breast tissue signature so the ideal ultrasound imaging parameters can be set by the software. Then, the actual scanning begins and lasts about 60 seconds. When the scan is complete, the technologist reviews the image on the monitor. Typically, three scans are performed on each breast.

The ultrasound images are then sent to the somo•VIEWer workstation, where a radiologist can review them in a variety of 3-D layouts.

Watch the video below where Professor László Tabár, MD, explains U-Systems 3D ABUS technology.


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