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Breast Ultrasound Services

Focused Ultrasound & Whole-Breast Ultrasounds

3-D mammography remains one of the top tools for breast cancer detection and has dramatically improved the ability to detect breast cancer in the early stages. For women with dense breast tissue, mammography may be combined with breast ultrasound for a better picture of the breast.

In 2012, the FDA approved the first breast ultrasound imaging system for dense breast tissue. Often used in conjunction with 3D mammography, ultrasound breast screening has proven to be a highly valuable cancer detection tool for women with dense breast tissue. At Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Center, we offer both focused and whole-breast ultrasound services.

Whole-Breast Ultrasound

Dense breast tissue is not uncommon. In fact, roughly 40 to 50 percent of all women are estimated to have dense breast tissue. The whole-breast ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive test used to screen for breast cancer. It is recommended that women with dense breast tissue undergo a mammogram and at least one other cancer screening procedure during their annual screening.

In the past, breast ultrasounds could be very time consuming, but new breast ultrasound technology has made it possible to complete these exams in as little as 20 to 30 minutes.

Quick facts about whole-breast ultrasound:

  • Exams are painless and noninvasive.
  • Exams can be completed in 20 minutes.
  • Whole-breast ultrasound is not a replacement for mammography, but a valuable addition to your regular screening.
  • Whole-breast ultrasounds are strongly recommended for women with dense breast tissue.
  • Exams do not expose patients to any radiation.

Focused Ultrasound

Unlike most ultrasound services, focused ultrasound is not a diagnostic or screening procedure. This is a non-invasive medical treatment used on various types of cancers, uterine fibroids, and neurological disorders. This type of ultrasound focuses a high concentration of soundwaves focused on specific points in the body to create heat and affect the tissues. This energy can destroy diseased tissue, including tumors and damaged nerves.

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