The Role of Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) in Breast Cancer Detection

Learn about the importance of Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) for early breast cancer detection at Garden Mammography Center, a branch of Garden OB/GYN, in Lake Success and Brooklyn, NY.

The Role of Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) in Breast Cancer Detection


Breast cancer is a significant health concern for women worldwide. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment and improved survival rates. While mammography remains the gold standard for breast cancer screening, certain limitations exist, especially for women with dense breast tissue. This is where Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) comes into play. At Garden Mammography Center, a branch of Garden OB/GYN, we offer advanced ABUS technology to enhance breast cancer detection, providing a comprehensive approach to breast health for women in Lake Success, Brooklyn, and the surrounding areas.

What is Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)?

Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) is a cutting-edge imaging technology designed to supplement traditional mammography. Unlike standard hand-held ultrasound, ABUS uses a large, curved transducer to capture detailed 3D images of the entire breast. This technology is particularly beneficial for women with dense breast tissue, where mammograms may miss some abnormalities. ABUS provides a more comprehensive view, increasing the likelihood of detecting smaller, earlier-stage cancers.

Benefits of ABUS

  • Improved Detection: ABUS enhances the detection of breast cancer, especially in women with dense breast tissue, by providing detailed 3D images.
  • Non-Invasive: The procedure is non-invasive and does not involve radiation, making it a safe option for regular screening.
  • Complementary to Mammography: ABUS is used in conjunction with mammography to provide a more comprehensive evaluation of breast health.
  • Comfortable Procedure: The ABUS examination is generally comfortable and quick, typically taking about 15-20 minutes.

Who Should Consider ABUS?

While ABUS is beneficial for all women, it is particularly recommended for those with dense breast tissue. Dense breasts have less fatty tissue and more glandular and connective tissue, making it harder for mammograms to detect abnormalities. Women with a higher risk of breast cancer, such as those with a family history or genetic predisposition, may also benefit from ABUS as part of their regular screening routine.

Preparing for Your ABUS Examination

  • Schedule Appropriately: Plan your appointment when your breasts are least likely to be tender, usually the week after your menstrual period.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: A two-piece outfit is ideal, as you will only need to remove your top for the examination.
  • Avoid Lotions and Powders: On the day of the exam, avoid applying lotions, powders, or other products to your chest and underarm area.
  • Discuss Your Medical History: Inform your healthcare provider about any previous breast surgeries, implants, or other relevant medical history.

What to Expect During the ABUS Examination

During the ABUS procedure, you will lie on your back while a specially trained technologist applies a layer of gel to your breast. The ABUS device, equipped with a large, curved transducer, will move over your breast, capturing detailed images. You may feel slight pressure, but the procedure is generally comfortable. The entire process takes approximately 15-20 minutes per breast.

Understanding Your ABUS Results

After your ABUS examination, a radiologist will review the images for any signs of abnormalities. The detailed 3D images allow for a thorough evaluation, especially in dense breast tissue. You will receive a report with the findings, and if any suspicious areas are detected, further diagnostic tests, such as a biopsy or additional imaging, may be recommended. It is essential to discuss the results with your healthcare provider to determine the next steps in your breast health care.

Garden Mammography Center: Your Partner in Comprehensive Breast Health

At Garden Mammography Center, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality breast imaging services. Our state-of-the-art ABUS technology, combined with our experienced staff, ensures that you receive the best possible care. We offer ABUS at our Lake Success and Brooklyn locations, making advanced breast imaging accessible to our community.


Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) is a valuable tool in the early detection of breast cancer, particularly for women with dense breast tissue. By supplementing traditional mammography with ABUS, we can provide a more comprehensive evaluation of breast health, increasing the chances of early detection and successful treatment. Schedule your ABUS examination today at Garden Mammography Center and take a proactive step towards a healthier future.

Call to Action

To schedule an ABUS examination at Garden Mammography Center, book online using the scheduler found at the top of this page or call us using the number on our homepage. Let us help you take charge of your breast health with confidence and care.

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