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Imaging available for dense breasts

Anne Giles, 51, described the automated breast ultrasound or ABUS, as very simple and painless. The imaging at Mission Imaging is in addition to mammography for women with dense breasts. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Anne Giles, 51, described the automated breast ultrasound or ABUS, as very simple and painless.

The imaging at Mission Imagining is in addition to mammography for women with dense breasts.

"You will find out more information," Giles said. "You will find out more about what is going on."

"It's made a big difference in terms of people with dense breasts in finding small invasive cancers," Dr. Helen Sandven, of Mission Imaging, explained.

That means -- in spite of the density -- earlier detection, quicker treatment and a better prognosis.

Anne doesn't have breast cancer but has no regrets about undergoing ABUS.

"It does show a lot more in the tissue than just having a mammogram," she said, emphasizing she now has more peace of mind.

"Most people get a letter back saying, 'Hey, everything looks fine.' If we find something that needs further investigation, we'll call the patient and do a targeted breast ultrasound, which is looking only at one little section," Dr. Sandven added.

That's taking the extra step to find breast cancer sooner than ever.

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