BREAST IMAGING » Ultrasound & Automated Volume Scanning
An ultrasound exposes part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body with no radiation. When used in conjunction with mammography, it is directed to the area of the mammographic abnormality or symptomatic area of the breast. It is also used to differentiate cysts; round, fluid-filled pockets inside the breast, from solid masses and to guide breast biopsies.
Automated Breast Volume Scanning
Automated breast volume scanning, also known as 3D ultrasound, is a new automated breast imaging technology offered at our Paradise Valley Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This ultrasound technology gives a more realistic view of the whole breast and its physical structures. It has the unique ability to distinguish between fatty and dense breast tissue, making it ideal for someone with dense breast tissue or a history of breast disease. It gives physicians a much more realistic view of the whole breast by taking hundreds of breast tissue images from the skin down to the breast wall.
Mammography is still considered the gold standard in breast screening, but combining ultrasound and a mammogram, increases detection of breast cancers that are small earlier.
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