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What is Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)?

Automated whole breast ultrasound is a supplemental screening option for women with dense breast tissue.  ABUS involves screening the entirety of both breasts in a comfortable manner without non-ionizing radiation.  When used in conjunction with mammography in women with dense breast tissue, it can improve breast cancer detection by up to 55% over mammography alone[1].

ABUS is less useful in women without dense breast tissue and does not serve as a replacement for mammography in breast cancer screening.

Dr. Judy Dean is a pioneer in the field of screening whole breast ultrasound[2] having performed this technology and lectured on this topic since 2005.  Dr. Winifred Leung participated in the national Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) trials conducted by U-Systems in conjunction with moving the technology into the mainstream of breast diagnosis.  Dr. Jennifer Kosek has participated in an Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) trial also conducted by U-Systems aimed at improving screening ultrasound technology.

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[1]Brem RF, Tabár L, et.al. Assessing Improvement in Detection of Breast Cancer with Three-dimensional Automated Breast US in Women with Dense Breast Tissue: The SomoInsight Study. Radiology. 2015 Mar; 274(3): 663-73.

[2]Kelly KM, Dean J, et.al. Breast cancer detection: radiologists’ performance using mammography with and without automated whole-breast ultrasound. European Radiology. 2010 Nov; 20(11): 2558-2564.