Breast Center Upgrades Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening

The physicians at The Breast Center, A MANA Clinic, are pleased to offer Ivenia™ Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening (ABUS) 2.0 at their Fayetteville and Bentonville centers. The Invenia™ ABUS 2.0 is the only FDA-approved ultrasound screening device for women with dense breast tissue.

The Breast Center was the first in the state to offer Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening starting in 2012 and remains the only practice in Northwest Arkansas to offer ABUS. 

On June 1, 2020, The Breast Center upgraded to the Invenia™ ABUS 2.0,  which has been shown to improve breast cancer detection by 35.7% for women with dense breast tissue. It is a comfortable and relatively short exam without additional radiation.

Not all breasts are the same. In the U.S., 48% of women have dense breast tissue. Women with dense breast tissue are at an increased risk for breast cancer, and breast cancer is harder to detect on a mammogram of a woman with dense breast tissue. “Dense breast tissue and cancer both appear white on a mammogram,” explains Dr. Holly Gonzales, a physician at The Breast Center.   

For women with dense breast tissue, Breast Ultrasound Screening in addition to mammography has proven to find more cancers early when they are more easily treated.  

The only way for a woman to know if she has dense breast tissue is to have a mammogram. The Breast Center includes breast density on the patient’s mammogram report. 

If you are a candidate, Breast Ultrasound Screening may be covered by insurance at 100% under wellness benefits and can be scheduled with an annual mammogram at The Breast Center, A MANA Clinic, in Fayetteville or Bentonville. Women do not need a referral to schedule a screening exam; however, the scheduler will ask for the patient’s primary care doctor or gynecologist to send the report.  Learn more about breast ultrasound screening at The Breast Center.