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Home > Medical Services > Women's Health > Mammography & Breast Health > Dense Breast Tissue > Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
Demonstrating up to 55% improvement in invasive cancer detection over mammography in women with dense breasts, ABUS technology is an ultrasound device approved by the U.S. FDA for screening women with dense breasts. This system was developed specifically for dense breast imaging to help find cancer which may be missed by mammography.
Multiple clinical research studies demonstrate that radiologists can detect more cancers in women with dense breasts at an earlier, more treatable stage when using ABUS as an adjunctive screening tool with mammography. Unlike mammography, an ABUS exam does not involve strong compression of the breast. Women lay down on an exam table and a layer of lotion is applied to the breast. Then, a scanner is firmly positioned on the breast to create the images. The exam takes approximately 15 minutes and creates clear 3D ultrasound images which will be reviewed by the physician along with the woman’s mammogram. Download an ABUS exam pamphlet (PDF).
To schedule an ABUS screening appointment call, (319) 861-7778. For additional information not addressed on this website call, (319) 398-6690.