Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)

Union Imaging and Healthcheck Centre has installed the latest Invenia automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) 2.0 system, to enhance the services provided to our clients.

Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) is a simple, radiation-free ultrasound examination of breasts. It displays breast tissues in 3D, enhances breast cancer detection rate and compensates for the limitations of mammography, especially in dense breasts which may be common in Asians. It can be conveniently applied as a complementary tool for routine mammographic breast cancer screening.

Union Imaging & Healthcheck Centre | Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
Union Imaging & Healthcheck Centre | Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)

Features of Invenia ABUS

  1. Enhances cancer detection over mammogram alone. Imaging dense breasts with ABUS may find cancers mammography misses.
  2. Designed for automated screening. Tissue Equalization Algorithm enhances edges and overall system gain, especially within the dense tissue of the nipple and areola complex. As a result, better, reproducible ultrasound images are obtained.
  3. Comfort for patients and users. 15 cm ultra-broadband transducer follows the natural contour of the breast, provides comfort, full contact and automatically creates uniform compression across the entire breast for better imaging.
  4. Reproducible examination.
  5. Fast and efficient. ABUS Workstation displays 3D volumes in a patented, 2-mm- thick coronal slice from the skin to the chest wall, which can be reviewed in multiple planes, thus providing a quick comprehensive review.
Union Imaging & Healthcheck Centre | Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
Preparations
  • Clients have to change in examination gown.
  • Bring along previous films and reports for comparison if necessary.
Procedures
  1. The examination is performed on the ultrasound couch.
  2. Ultrasound gel will be evenly applied onto the breast(s). A gentle pressure will then be applied; different views will be taken to make sure the entire breast(s) are completely covered by a 15cm-curved transducer. During scanning, radiographer may instruct not to talk or move to ensure image quality.
  3. The number of images for interpretation may vary with the size of breast. The whole procedure takes around 20 minutes.
  4. Doctors will check the images afterwards. Target Ultrasound may be done if necessary.
  5. Tissue paper will be given to clean off the gel after the examination.
Reminders
  • Please inform our staff if you have any history of allergy to ultrasound gel.