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Introducing Hitachi's SOFIA, the 3D Whole Breast Ultrasound. This imaging technology is designed for the 40% of women with dense breast tissue. It utilizes ultrasound to scan the entire breast while the patient lies in a comfortable prone position. There is no breast compression or radiation associated with this procedure, and only takes 30 seconds per breast
WHEN A PATIENT'S MAMMOGRAM COMES BACK NORMAL BUT INDICATES THAT THE PATIENT HAS "DENSE BREASTS," WHAT EXACTLY DOES THAT MEAN AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Fatty tissue allows more x-rays to penetrate and therefore shows up as black or dark
gray on a mammogram. Dense tissue, made of glands and
fibrous tissue, blocks x-rays and therefore appears white on a mammogram. Cancer also
shows up white on a mammogram.
Because dense tissue can hide cancers, the more fatty a breast is, the more effective
the mammogram is in showing the cancer. As breast density creases, the ability to see
cancer on mammography decreases.
Breast density is not determined by how a breast looks or feels. The radiologist can only determine the breast density by examining the images from a mammogram.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER ADDITIONAL SCREENING FOR MY DENSE BREASTS?
Dense breasts are "normal." On average, about 40% of women of mammography age have dense breasts. However, because dense breast tissue can hide cancer on a mammogram, it may reduce the ability of your radiologist to find cancer if present. A "normal," "negative," or "benign" mammogram does not reliably exclude cancer in women with dense breasts. Women with dense breasts may have cancer detected soon after a "normal" or "negative" mammogram (this is known as an "interval cancer"). If your mammogram shows you have dense breasts, you should discuss additional screening options with your health care provider.
WHAT DOES HAVING DENSE BREASTS MEAN?
All breasts contain glands, fibrous tissue, and fat. Dense tissue is made of glands and fibrous tissue (referred to as "fibrogranular" tissue). Dense tissue blocks x-rays and therefore appear white on a mammogram. Fatty tissue allow more x-rays to penetrate and therefore shows up as black or dark gray on mammogram. Each woman's breasts contain a unique mix of fatty and dense tissue. Some woman's breasts are allmost all fat, some have very little fat and some are in-between. Dense breast are normal and tend to become less dense with age and menopause Breast density is not determined by how a breast look or feel. The radiologist can only determine the breast density by examining the images from a mammogram.
DOES HAVING DENSE BREASTS PUT ME AT HIGHER RISK FOR BREAST CANCER?
Yes, it does. Research' suggests the following:
- Forty percent of women have dense breast tissue
- Breast density predicts the accuracy of a mammogram at any age
- Mammography misses every other cancer in dense breasts
- Breast density is a well-established predictor of breast cancer risk, exceeding family history
3D Whole-Breast Ultrasound Imaging in 30 Secs
According to the Mayo Clinic...
40% of the women who have mammograms have mammographically dense breasts. Studies have shown
that mammography is significantly less accurate in this subset of women. Combining screening mammography with 3D whole breast
ultrasound increases the ability to detect breast cancer from 78% to 92%.
A cutting-edge imaging technology that utilizes ultrasound to scan the entire breast while the patient lays in a comfortable prone position. There is no breast compression or radiation associated with this procedure. The scan produces 3D volumetric images of the breast for review by the radiologist.
COMFORT. EASE. EFFICIENT
- 30 second scan time per breast
- No compression
- Patient lays in a comfortable prone position
- Remain covered during the entire exam