Invenia™ ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System)
About 40% of women have dense breast tissue. And for these women — mammograms alone may not be enough to find breast cancer.
Jefferson Health is the first health system in southern New Jersey to offer Invenia™ ABUS — the only breast cancer screening technology FDA-approved* for detection in women with dense breast tissue.
The Invenia™ ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System) improves cancer detection by about 35% over mammography in women with dense breasts. It looks at dense breasts differently to find cancer that mammography may not see.
Breast Density - What does it mean?
Breasts are made of fat and breast tissue. Some women have more fat than breast tissue, while others have more breast tissue than fat. When there is more breast tissue, the breast is considered dense. On a mammogram dense tissue looks white. Since masses or lumps also appear white on a mammogram, a suspicious lump may be masked by the dense breast tissue.
Dense breast tissue is also linked with an increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. Breast density is determined by the radiologist who reads your mammogram and classifies the density into one of four categories. Your doctor will tell you if you have dense breasts based on your mammogram’s classification on the density scale.
Should I have an ABUS screening exam?
Invenia ABUS breast cancer screening is specifically developed to help find cancers hidden in dense breast tissue, which may be missed by mammography.
If you are one of the 40% of American women with dense breast tissue, the addition of ABUS screening can increase the detection of cancers. Invenia ABUS screening, along with your regular mammogram screening, will help provide a clear evaluation of your dense breast tissue.
How is the ABUS exam different?
From the moment you lie down on the exam table, you’ll realize that Invenia ABUS screening is completely unlike a mammogram. A layer of lotion is applied to your breast, and then a scanner is firmly positioned on your breast to acquire the images. The exam takes about 15 minutes and provides your doctor with clear 3D ultrasound images. The physician will review the ABUS screening images, along with your mammogram.
Unlike 2D or 3D mammography, which uses radiation, Invenia ABUS screening uses sound waves to create 3D pictures of the breast tissue. Invenia ABUS is the only FDA-approved system for breast cancer screening when used in combination with mammography in women who have dense breast tissue and no prior interventions.
Ask your doctor if an ABUS screening might benefit you.
SAVI SCOUT® for Lumpectomy
Jefferson Health New Jersey also offers a wire-free, radar localization technology, called SAVI SCOUT® at various locations. This technology ensures an easier experience for women undergoing lumpectomy. Traditionally, lumpectomy procedures involve wire localization — inserting a wire into the breast on the day of surgery. For many women, this leads to discomfort, increased anxiety, and reduced satisfaction.
Instead of wires, the SCOUT system uses a small reflector, the size of a grain of rice, which is placed into the breast prior to the day of surgery. Using the system — which detects the reflector using its unique radar signal — surgeons can precisely target the affected tissue to pinpoint its location without the help of a wire localization in the setting of a lumpectomy for some patients.
SAVI SCOUT® can also be used to effectively localize lymph nodes prior to pre-surgical therapy and can be used with any type of imaging over the course of a patient’s care.
For more information on SAVI SCOUT® at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township, please call 856-406-4100.