WHOLE BREAST SCREENING ULTRASOUND
While diagnostic ultrasound focuses on a primary problem in one or both breasts (i.e., a lump), screening ultrasound evaluates both breasts in their entirety.
Mammograms can miss cancers at a range from 20-50%. The denser the breast tissue, the higher the chance that your mammogram may miss an area of concern. Dense breast tissue appears as white on a mammogram, the same color as cancer. Both the dense breast tissue and cancer overlap and make it difficult, or even impossible, to detect the cancer.
Ultrasound technology, on the other hand, sees cancers as echo patterns of dark and grey, while dense breast tissue still appears as white, thus distinguishing the cancers in a way that a mammogram cannot. Studies have shown that the combination of mammography with screening ultrasound increases breast cancer detection significantly better than either imaging tool alone.
Does one of the following apply to you? If so, you should strongly consider whole breast screening ultrasound as an additional breast screening tool:
- Dense breast tissue
- Strong family history of breast cancer
- Previous breast biopsy showing atypia, pre-cancer or cancer
- Pregnant or nursing