Automated Whole-Breast Ultrasound FAQ

Automated whole-breast ultrasound (ABUS) is a quick, noninvasive ultrasound scan. The exam uses high-frequency sound waves to provide sharp, three-dimensional images of the interior of your breast. In most cases, the scan produces about 1,200 images. Unlike traditional mammography, the ABUS technology is not affected by a woman's breast density.

I have implants, is that a problem for ABUS?

No. The ABUS technology can be used with both silicone and saline breast implants.

Will I receive radiation?

No. Since ultrasound uses only sound waves to see into your body, there is no radiation.

I have a pacemaker, can I have ABUS?

Women with pacemakers should not have an automated whole-breast ultrasound.

What does science say about ABUS?

While breast ultrasound has been around for a long time, ABUS is a relatively new technology. However, a study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showed that the use of whole-breast ultrasound in conjunction with mammography produced a statistically significant increase in breast cancer detection among women with dense breasts. The machine we use at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center is cleared by the FDA for use as a secondary screening method for breast cancer.

What is an ABUS exam like?

Read more about patient preparations for a whole-breast ultrasound.