Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) at the Toronto Centre for Medical Imaging
Contact TCFMI at 416-368-8488 to Schedule Your Automated Breast Ultrasound Appointment
An Automated Breast Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to take 3D images of the whole breast, targeting specific areas and ensuring they are displayed in a reproducible fashion. It is especially beneficial to women with dense breast tissue, because a high breast density score can make a mammogram harder to read and ABUS allows the technologist to check the breast from a variety of angles offering more accurate interpretations.
Automated Breast Ultrasound is often recommended as supplemental screening in conjunction with a screening mammography for women with extremely dense breast tissue, and women with heterogeneously dense breast tissue combined with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, child) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY EXAM?
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed.
- Wear a two-piece outfit so you can change for the exam more comfortably.
- If you are having a mammogram the same day, you may be asked to avoid the use of deodorant or lotions.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY EXAM?
- You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and given a robe.
- Your breast area will need to be visible for the exam and your sonographer will need to apply a generous amount of ultrasound gel.
- The sonographer will press the ABUS transducer to the breast and hold it while the images are gathered. The transducer is designed to conform to your shape and make the exam comfortable, but you may feel some pressure.
- Both breasts will be examined, which will take about 15 minutes for the entire exam.
- The radiologist will review the images and compare to previous ultrasounds or mammograms.
- It is not unusual for the sonographer to ask the radiologist to come into the scan room after your exam to speak to you about your results.
WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
We do our best to have our radiologists interpret the information and forward the results to your doctor by two business days.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The Toronto Centre for Medical Imaging is the first dedicated medical imaging clinic in Ontario to offer the Automated Breast Ultrasound.
Routine breast ultrasounds, both handheld or 3D, are not covered under OHIP.
The cost is $199.00 and a receipt would be issued to for your private insurance company benefits plan.
DOWNLOADS, LINKS & INFORMATION
- What are Dense Breasts
- Breast Density – Breast Cancer Screening Brochure
- Why Do Canada’s New Breast Cancer Guidelines Advise Against Life-Saving Screenings?
- Automated Breast Screening Shown to Improve Cancer Detection in Women with Dense Breasts
- Media Release – Canadian Task Force 2018 Guidelines
- ABUS Quick Facts Brochure
- Recent Developments in Breast Imaging
- All Breasts Are Not the Same
- Frequently Asked Questions
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- “Good Morning America” Skewers Breast Thermography
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