Finding and treating breast cancer in its early stages increases your chances of full recovery. The team at OWM Integrative Wellness in Buffalo, New York, offers breast screening for individuals with dense breast tissue and implants using automated whole-breast ultrasound (AWBUS) by SonoCiné. This advanced breast screening tool can find tumors as small as 5 mm (a fifth of an inch) that the traditional mammogram could miss. Call the office to schedule your breast screening at the concierge medicine practice or request an appointment online today.
Breast screening refers to exams that look for breast cancer before you have symptoms. Screening tools include:
A breast exam is a physical exam your provider does during your annual wellness exam. You should also do breast self-exams once a month.
A mammogram X-rays the breast tissue to find breast cancer before it can be felt. However, dense breast tissue appears white, while fatty tissue appears dark or transparent, making breast cancer, which also appears white, more difficult to find.
An ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of your breast tissue, looking for abnormalities. Women with dense breast tissue benefit from an ultrasound breast screening.
The American Cancer Society says women can decide to start annual breast screenings for breast cancer at 40 but must start by 45. A mammogram is the primary breast cancer screening tool.
If you’re at risk of developing breast cancer because of family history or you carry the genetic mutation (BRCA1 and BRCA2) that puts you at risk of breast cancer, then you need to start breast cancer screenings earlier.
The OWM Integrative Wellness team recommends automated whole-breast ultrasound (AWBUS) breast screenings for people with dense breast tissue and breast implants.
If a mammogram indicates a woman has dense breast tissue, a large portion of breast tissue appears white, making suspected cancer difficult to identify.
This technology also benefits women with breast implants, allowing for greater specificity. This ultrasound isn’t meant to replace your mammogram but serves as a supplementary exam.
SonoCiné technology helps women with dense breast tissue and implants avoid unnecessary biopsies, MRIs, and intravenous (IV) contrast agents, not to mention the accompanying anxiety. The 3D AWBUS imaging minimizes false positives and negatives, saving lives. It also establishes a precise precision of suspicious lesions for future screenings.
After changing into an exam camisole, you lie back on the ultrasound table. Your provider places the padded ultrasound transducer on your breast, delivering painless sound waves to create images through your skin.
SonoCiné is a groundbreaking, comprehensive whole-breast ultrasound of all your breast tissue, including the armpit. It takes thousands of images and videos of the region, detecting masses as small as 5 mm (a fifth of an inch).
A specially trained, board-certified radiologist evaluates your ultrasound video, and the reports are given to you and your provider at OWM Integrative Wellness.
If you want superior breast screening, whether for peace of mind or, more importantly, early detection, AWBUS by SonoCiné ensures the highest level of accuracy, making it the perfect addition to your mammogram.
Call OWM Integrative Wellness today or schedule your consultation online to learn more about SonoCiné’s AWBUS breast screening technology.