With ultrasound technology, there is no exposure to ionizing radiation. Instead, ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create a detailed image of the breast or other organs/tissues being examined. The ease of use, comfort and non-ionizing characteristics of ultrasound make it an attractive option to complement mammography as a form of breast imaging. Breast ultrasound does require a script or order from your physician.
Breast tissue consists of fatty and fibroglandular tissue. If more than 50% of your breast is composed of fibroglandular tissue, then your breasts are classified as “dense”. The density of your breast tissue may change over time as you progress through normal hormonal changes. 46% of women in the United States have dense breast tissue.
The sensitivity of mammography is significantly diminished in women with dense breast tissue. In addition, there is up to two times higher risk of developing breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue. Supplemental imaging, like a 3D Automated Breast Ultrasound, complements mammography, increasing the cancer detection rate by 55% when compared to mammography alone.
3D Automated Breast Ultrasound technology enables radiologists to view hundreds of breast tissue image slices, looking through layers of dense tissue to find breast cancers that may not have been detectable on a mammogram.
At Rochester Regional Health, we provide compassionate, personalized care. All of your breast imaging needs can often be completed in one visit.
We partner with the Cancer Center to offer high risk genetic breast screenings, in addition to our partnership with several breast surgeons, in order to provide comprehensive breast care.
Please check with your individual insurance company regarding any questions about insurance coverage for these exams.
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