Who can benefit from an automated whole-breast ultrasound?
Women with dense breasts
On a mammogram, dense tissue and masses both appear white, so a suspicious lump may be hidden in dense tissue for a woman with dense breasts. When dense tissue is scanned with ultrasound, tissue appears white and masses appear black – making masses easier to see.
Women at high-risk of breast cancer
Ultrasound produces no radiation, so younger women who normally wouldn’t be a candidate for a mammogram due to exposure of radiation can be screened with an ultrasound if they are at a higher risk for breast cancer due to family history, genetic mutations or other reasons.
Check with your doctor to learn about your breast density and to see if you are a candidate for screening automated whole-breast ultrasound.