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Sansum Clinic / Breast Imaging Center / Breast Ultrasound

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound, also called sonography, uses sound waves to make detailed pictures of the breast. In addition to a traditional ultrasound, we also offer Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) which is recommended for women with dense breasts. Both methods of breast ultrasound are supplemental screening exams used in addition to mammography or to evaluate an abnormality detected in mammography.

Sansum Clinic is accredited by the American College of Radiology for meeting the highest levels of image quality and patient safety. 

Our Technology

Sansum Clinic uses Invenia™ ABUS from GE Healthcare, a technology developed specifically to help doctors find cancers or abnormalities hidden in dense breast tissue, which may be missed by mammography.  Invenia™ ABUS uses sound waves to create 3D pictures of the breast tissue, allowing our breast radiologists to look through hundreds of breast tissue images to evaluate all the layers of dense 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.

What To Expect

  • A member of our team will greet you and give you a gown to wear. You will need to remove all clothing and jewelry from the waist up.
  • During a breast ultrasound, you will lie on your back on the exam table. The technologist will position your arm to ensure unobstructed images of your breast.
  • The technologist will apply warm lotion to your breast and then begin the exam:
    • In a traditional breast ultrasound, the technologist will move a wand-like device called a transducer over your skin to capture images of your breast.
    • In automated breast ultrasound, the technologist places a wider, field-of-view transducer on your breast and the system automatically moves to capture images of your breast from top to bottom. 
  • The exam will take approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • After your ultrasound is complete, our breast radiologist will examine the images and report the results directly to your doctor.
If you need to schedule an appointment, or for any questions, call (805) 681-7671.