Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)

ABUS stands for Automated Breast Ultrasound System, it is a state-of-the-art ultrasound procedure, which assists in imaging women with dense breasts.  ABUS is used as an accompaniment to 3D Mammography, in the detection of breast cancer specifically for patients with dense breasts.

Similar to traditional ultrasound, ABUS uses high-frequency sound waves targeted at the breast, but unlike a traditional ultrasound, the scans provide physicians with a highly detailed 3D visualization of the entire breast. ABUS does not replace normal 3D Mammography but is used in addition to a regular imaging scan.

Women with dense breasts (more glandular and fibrous tissue) on mammograms have a risk of breast cancer that is about 1 in 5 — that’s twice that of women that don’t have dense breasts.  ABUS offers standardized results and improved accuracy to help your doctor make the right decision for patients with dense breasts.

ABUS is a noninvasive procedure. A layer of lotion is applied to your breast, and then a scanner is firmly positioned on your breast to acquire the images. Your sonographer will speak to you prior to your scan to describe what to expect based on your case.

The preparations for your ultrasound will vary based on your study/symptoms. You will be provided with directions when you schedule your appointment. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure the best possible scan.

Prep Forms

Your sonographer is not permitted to discuss findings with you. The findings are required to be reported to your physician, who will contact you. A highly specialized radiologist interprets your images and then reports the findings to your physician within 48 hours.

Q. Does an ABUS test require a doctors order?

A.  Yes, in most cases ABUS does require an order, please check with your clinician

Q. What are the risks to ABUS?

A.  Ultrasounds in general are considered to be one of the lowest risk scans available. There is no radiation exposure involved with ABUS.

Q. Why would I receive an ABUS after a mammogram?

A. Ultrasounds are often used if your breast tissue is dense. Also, you may be sent for an ultrasound if an abnormality is detected. ABUS is a very good tool for our radiologists to obtain additional information.

Q. Does ABUS replace traditional and 3D Mammography?

A. ABUS does not replace normal 3D Mammography, it is used in addition to a regular imaging scan

Q. Does insurance cover Automated Breast Ultrasound Scans?

A. ABUS is fully recognized as a covered expense by all insurance companies, including Medicare, and mirrors the coverage for standard breast ultrasounds.

Q.  Is ABUS a painful procedure?

A. ABUS is a non-invasive and painless diagnostic imaging procedure.