Breast Density - What does it mean?

Breasts are made of fat and breast tissue. Some women have more fat than breast tissue while others have more breast tissue than fat. When there is more breast tissue the breast is considered dense. On a mammogram dense tissue looks white. Since masses or lumps also appear white on a mammogram, a suspicious lump may be masked by the dense breast tissue.

Dense breast tissue is also linked with an increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. Women with extremely dense breast tissue have a 4 to 6 times greater risk of developing breast cancer than women who do not have dense breast tissue. Invenia™ Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) helps physicians look differently at dense breast tissue.

The Invenia™ ABUS Screening Experience

From the moment you lie down on the exam table, you’ll realize that Invenia™ ABUS screening is completely unlike a mammogram. A layer of lotion is applied to your breast, and then a scanner is firmly positioned on your breast to acquire the images. The exam takes approximately 15 minutes and provides your doctor with clear 3D ultrasound images. The physician will review the ABUS screening images along with your mammogram.

Unlike 2D or 3D mammography, which uses radiation, Invenia™ ABUS screening uses sound waves to create 3D pictures of the breast tissue. Invenia™ ABUS is the only FDA-approved system for breast cancer screening when used in combination with mammography in women who have dense breast tissue and no prior interventions.

Ask your doctor if an Invenia™ ABUS screening would benefit you.