Automated Breast Ultrasound

Mammograms are crucial for cancer screening. However, four out of 10 women have dense breast tissue, making early cancers more difficult to detect with standard mammography.

This is because higher breast density can obscure a cancer with mammography alone. Both dense breast tissue and some abnormal breast changes, such as a tumor, appear white on mammography. This makes it harder to detect and differentiate a lesion from the dense breast tissue.

If you have dense breast tissue, you may benefit from having an annual automated breast ultrasound in conjunction with screening mammography. North Kansas City Hospital, which is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, offers both.


With ABUS, radiologists can differentiate tissue and view tumors more clearly. Just as mammograms and colonoscopies are vital screening tools, ABUS should be thought of as another tool for detecting cancer in women with dense breasts.

When combined with screening mammography, ABUS improves breast cancer detection by 55% over mammography alone.

If your mammogram results indicate your breast density requires a follow-up screening, ask your primary care doctor if you could benefit from ABUS screening.