ABUS 3D AUTOMATED BREAST ULTRASOUND EXAMINATION
A NEW CHAPTER IN THE HUNGARIAN BREAST DIAGNOSTICS!
From the 1st December 2016!!!
ONLY AT MEDOC HEALTH CENTER!
WHAT DOES THE ABUS ABBREVIATION MEAN?
- ABUS is an acronym, it means: Automated Breast Ultrasound System
WHAT TYPE OF EXAMINATION IS THE AUTOMATED BREAST ULTRASOUND?
- It is an automated ultrasound examination during which 3-dimensional images are taken of the breasts
WHAT IS THE IRRADIATION SOURCE?
- There is no ionising radiation
- This diagnostic device takes images utilising the reflection characteristics of the harmless ultrasound waves
WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION CAN GIVE THE EXAMINATION TO THE RADIOLOGIST?
- The picture depicts the structural buildup of the breast, therefore it provides structural information
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME DURING THE EXAMINATION?
- In the examination room, you are asked to undress above the waist and lie down on your back onto the examination bed
- Throughout the examination you are lying in supine position
- The radiologist technician applies a creamish substance on the skin of the breasts (this is required to provide the highest image quality, because this cream allows an appropriate contact between the skin and the device)
- The technician places the special probe of the device onto the breast in three different position, the automated ultrasound device takes three images of each side and compiles a 3-dimensional image which depicts the breast as a whole.
- The breast compression is minimal, only the special probe touches the breast
- After the examination you can wipe off the contact cream and dress up
- At each visit the radiology specialist makes an interview with you to get to know your anamnesis.
- He or she reviews all the images and findings of the previous examinations and compares it to all the breast diagnostic images of that day.
- In the end the specialist informs you about the result of the examination, gives over the examination report and answers your questions.
HOW LONG DOES THE EXAMINATION LAST?
- The automated ultrasound examination lasts approximately 15 minutes
WHY IS AUTOMATED BREAST ULTRASOUND EXAMINATION IS NEEDED?*
- The 3-dimensional automated breast ultrasound examination have been specifically developed for women who has "dense" type of breast tissue
- More then 40% of the women have dense breast tissue. In the young age group it can reach up to 65% but among 90 years old women it is still as common as 20%
- In the dense type of breast tissue the risk of breast tumour can be up to two times higher as in the normal breast tissue, in the extreme dense type, the risk can be increased as 4-6 times as normal.
- X-ray mammography is the gold standard of breast diagnostics but its value is limited in case of dense breasts because the structure of the dense and glandular type tissue can hide the knots which are still not palpable
- On the X-ray image there are black and white areas.
- The dense type tissues are rich in connective tissue and glandular substance and are depicted as white areas on the X-ray image. The picture of the malignant lesion is also white, so the tumour can be hidden by the dense breast tissue.
- The colour of the fattier type breast tissue is almost black on the X-ray image, in which the white tumour can be easily distinguished.
- By the high resolution special monitors the ABUS's 3-dimensional images of the dense breasts can be displayed in a different way and the details of the 3-dimensional image can be better evaluated by the aid of a computerised program.
- It can be compared to previous examination results on the same monitor
- The image can be digitally archived, there is no need for home storage
FOR WHOM AND HOW OFTEN IS ABUS EXAMINATION RECOMMENDED? *
- The examination can be performed at any time, at any age without any side effects.
- The choice of the required imaging methods is based on clinical decision and it depends on several factors: such as age, the size of the breasts and the personal and family history with regard to the risk factors
- ABUS has been developed specifically for the more precise examination of the dense type breast tissue
- It is suitable for clarifying other diagnostic questions arisen during (X-ray Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, CTLM)
- For average-risk women below 40 years of age yearly
- For high-risk women below 40 years of age yearly
- For average-risk women between 40–50 years of age who are free of signs and symptoms, because the incidence of breast cancer is higher in this age group and the malignant tumour developed in this age can grow faster
- For average-risk women above the age of 50 it is recommended in every second year
- (women of between 45–65 years of age and free of signs and symptoms receive a referral in every 2 years in the frame of public health screening)
FOR WHOM ABUS IS NOT RECOMMENDED?
- The Automated Breast Ultrasound Examination can be performed in any age group and can be repeated anytime
- It does not represent any burden for the body and it does not associated with any discomfort
WHY THE USE OF NEW BREAST DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES AND DEVICES IS REQUIRED?
- Because there is no such examination which can give a result of 100%
- The more information has the radiology specialist, the more precise is the diagnosis
- The aim of developing modern breast diagnostics is to provide such examinational processes and devices with which the structure of the breasts can be examined possibly without any irradiation exposure.
- International experts of breast radiology stated the indisputable fact that examinations are not to be competing to each other, their common aim is to detect the presence of a malignant lesion as soon as possible
WHAT KIND OF EXAMINATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED BESIDES ABUS AND WHY?
- If it is reasonable based on the patient's age or medical professional reasons
- Besides ABUS we recommend the following examinations specifically in the case of dense, glandular breast tissue (high breast density):
WHAT TYPE OF AUTOMATED BREAST ULTRASOUND DEVICE IS USED AT MEDOC HEALTH CENTER?
WHEN WILL I GET TO KNOW THE RESULT OF THE EXAMINATION?
- Specialists at the Medoc Health Center know very well the phsychological burden of waiting, therefore the detailed evaluation of the findings and the handover of the report is performed immediately without delay.
- * Az amerikai Élelmiszer- és Gyógyszerfelügyeleti Hatóság (FDA) engedélyével
- - Boyd, N.F., Guo, H., et. al., Mammographic Density and the Risk and Detection of Breast Cancer N Engl J Med 2007, 356 (3): 227-236
- - Tabár, L., Vitak, B., et. al. Swedish Two-County Trial: Impact of Mammographic Screening on Breast Cancer Mortality during 3 Decades Radiology: 2011 260:3, 658-663
- - Mandelson et al. Breast density as a predictor of mammographic detection: comparison of interval- and screen-detected cancers. JNatl Cancer Inst 2000; 92:1081–1087
- - Brem RF, Tabár L, et.al. Assessing Improvement in Detection of Breast Cancer with Three-dimensional Automated Breast US in Women with Dense Breast Tissue: The SomoInsight Study. Radiology.2015 Mar; 274(3): 663-73
- No matter how old you are, if you have noticed any abnormality in your breast, DO NOT WAIT, but please contact our specialists without delay.
- Before choosing any of our examination packages, please refer to our "Breast diagnostics" service menu!
- In order to detect breast cancer early, the ladies herselves can make the most.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MYSELF FOR THE EXAMINATION?
- For the breast examination the most suitable time interval is the first half of the menstrual cycle, Days 8–14 from the first day of the bleeding (in this phase, the breasts are less sensitive)
- Please bring all your medical reports on previous breast examinations.
- Please wear such clothing that you can comfortably take off from the top half of your body.
- Please wear such jewelleries what are easy to take off.
- Please do not use any cream or deodorant because those can affect the result of the breast diagnostic examination.