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Enhanced Mammography Technology Available at Houston Healthcare

If you or someone you know is dealing with a breast health issue, now is the time to start asking questions. The more you learn about the latest treatments and technologies, the better equipped you’ll be to make smart decisions concerning tests, treatment plans and recovery. One of the most promising technologies is automated 3D ultrasound. Instead of flat, 2D images, this powerful ultrasound technology gives physicians a much more realistic view of the whole breast and its physical structures, providing multiple views – side to side, back to front and more.

Houston Healthcare offers the new Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS) ultrasound system to detect cancers in dense breast tissue. This dedicated breast ultrasound imaging system provides full-field, 3D scans of the entire breast. The ABVS comfortably acquires a full volume scan of the breast within minutes.

Dense breast tissue increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer up to five-fold, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Combining this unique imaging technology with the routine screening mammogram has the potential to reveal 35 percent more cancers than with mammography alone. This specific technology gives the Radiologist additional tools to evaluate dense breast tissue abnormalities that may be hidden within the dense tissue. Houston Healthcare is among the few healthcare systems in the Southeast providing this option to our patients.

“Ultrasound technology has the unique ability to distinguish between fatty and dense breast tissue and delivers no radiation to the patient,” stated Ava Beaudoin, MD, Radiologist specializing in breast imaging and on the medical staff at Houston Healthcare. “Mammography is considered the gold standard in breast screening, but it isn’t always a perfect tool – especially for women with dense breast tissue.”

The Food and Drug Administration has approved ABVS as part of routine mammogram screenings because denser tissue often hinders the standard mammogram making diagnosis more difficult, according to Tim Sisco, Director of Cardiovascular and Imaging Services for Houston Healthcare. With the new system, which is located at the Pavilion Diagnostic Center in Warner Robins, patients are able to use this additional screening tool the same day as their regular mammogram.

During a regular screening mammogram, most women feel a small amount of discomfort, but the ABVS system functions differently. During the ultrasound, you are lying on a table and a lotion is applied to your breast. A stabilizer is attached to the ultrasound scanner to minimize breast movement and the scanner is placed on the breast. The scan will take approximately 60 seconds and typically three images are done on each breast. The entire exam is usually completed within 10 minutes. Dr. Beaudoin suggests women speak with their physician if they are unsure about whether or not they have dense breast tissue.

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1601 Watson Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
Telephone: (478) 922-4281


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