Early detection of breast cancer enables treatment to be started earlier in the course of the disease, possibly before it has spread.
You need to be your own health advocate and talk to your doctor about which imaging technologies would be right for you.
Breast imaging tools used to investigate abnormalities:
This exam provides multiple views of the breast and may involve special compression plates to get a detailed looked at a specific area. These are ordered when a woman has a symptom of cancer or tissue that appears atypical on a screening mammogram.
Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
This exam is used as an addition to mammography for screening women with dense breast tissue. ABUS helps clinicians view hidden cancers in dense breast tissue. The ABUS exam is relatively comfortable and takes about 15 minutes.
>> Learn more about an InveniaTM ABUS exam.
>> Download the GE ABUS exam pamphlet.
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)
Tomosynthesis is a 3D mammogram where multiple views of the breast are taken and reconstructed into a 3D image.
Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM)
This test can help practitioners identify and locate lesions that may not be apparent on a standard mammogram. The patient receives an intravenous injection of contrast solution prior to the mammogram to help highlight blood vessels that could indicate that cancer is present.
>> Download the CESM GE SenoBright patient pamphlet.
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Ultrasound exams use sound waves to image breast tissue. This approach is useful in investigating abnormalities seen on a mammogram and to guide biopsy procedures. Because ultrasound is not affected by breast density, it has been found to be a useful tool in detecting cancers in women with dense breasts with inconclusive mammograms.
>> Download the hand-held Ultrasound exam pamphlet.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Used to further evaluate high risk women, this exam uses magnetic pulses and radio waves to create a detailed picture of breast tissue and does not use radiation. The patient is injected with a contrast agent to help improve visibility of the blood flow and breast tissue. Typically, cancers will absorb more contrast agent due to the increased blood flow.
>> Download the MRI exam pamphlet.
Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI)
Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) uses nuclear medicine to image breast tissue. This exam requires and injection of a radioactive tracer agent, slight compression of the breast and radiation. MBI helps differentiate cancer cells from other structures of the breast, and highlights metabolic changes that indicate cell growth activity.
>> Download the Molecular Imaging exam pamphlet.
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