Despite spending $7.8 billion annually for screening mammograms in the United States, more than 40,000 women die from this disease every year. Invasive breast cancer (IBC) is the leading cause of death in this country for women ages 35-54.2 According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer care costs the American public over $16 billion per year. Obviously, our present approach to the problem is inadequate.
What is Breast Density?
Breast Density is a measure used to describe the proportion of different tissues that make up a woman’s breasts. Breast density is not a measure of how the breasts look or feel, but rather how the breasts appear on a mammogram.
Breast density is typically revealed through a mammogram. Cancers in a mammogram of a fatty breast appear white on dark fatty-breast tissue. In a mammogram of dense breasts both cancer and dense-breast tissue appear white, making the cancer difficult to identify. The SonoCiné technology solves this problem.
You lie down on your back and The SonoCiné system sequentially scans your breasts in rows from below the collarbone to the lower margin of your breasts. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, including explaining the procedure, getting ready, scanning and dressing. Watch the Exam Video to learn more.