Early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer is crucial to minimize invasive treatment and improve outcomes. Unfortunately, women with dense breast tissue have been at a disadvantage when receiving traditional mammography, making it harder for them to receive that all important early diagnosis. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, these women have a five times greater risk of breast cancer. Now a new automated breast ultrasound system, ideally suited for such women, is available from Siemens Healthcare.
Called the Acuson S2000 Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS), this new technology is a multi-use ultrasound breast system. It uses user-independent, standardized image acquisition to produce volume images of the breast. A study by the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) showed a 42 percent improved detection rate of non-palpable, invasive breast cancer when ultrasound followed traditional mammography. It is possible that with improved ultrasound technology, such as that provided by the Acuson S2000 ABVS, the detection rate may improve even more.
Klaus Hambüchen, CEO, Ultrasound at Siemens Healthcare, said, “I am convinced that automatic ultrasound volume imaging with the Acuson S2000 ABVS can make a significant contribution in diagnostic confidence for women with dense breast tissue or inconclusive mammography findings.”
The Acuson S2000 ABVS ultrasound machine provides a complete view of the anatomical, coronal plane of the breast, which includes tissue from the nipple to the breast wall. This is a much more complete view of the entire breast than that available through conventional ultrasound imaging. Additionally, the Acuson S2000 ABVS system completes its examination in less than 15 minutes, considerably less time than the typical 30 minutes for hand-held ultrasound examinations. This will not only prove more convenient and comfortable for the patient, but will also allow the health care facility to provide care to a greater number of patients, increasing profits. The system uses BI-RADS® ultrasound reporting capabilities; the American College of Radiology developed the BI-RADS ultrasound reporting classification for mammography reporting.
Fatty Tissue and eSie Touch elasticity imaging are innovative breast imaging applications also supported by the Acuson S2000 ABVS system. This further improves the ability of clinicians to rely on diagnostic data provided by the system.
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