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Whole Breast Ultrasound (WBUS)

Exam Description

Whole Breast Ultrasound is a comfortable, non-ionizing examination of the breast(s) recommended for women with dense breasts. The scan can help diagnose breast abnormalities not detected in conventional and/or 3D Mammography.

How Do I Get Ready For My Exam?

  • No preparation is necessary for your WBUS exam.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes (ideally without metal) and leave your jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Please call the number below if you have any questions regarding your exam.
    • (805) 681-7671

What Should I Do After Arriving For My Exam?

  • Please check in at main registration and then check in at Radiology registration.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment for registration purposes.

What Should I Expect During My Exam?

  • The technologist will explain your exam and answer any questions you may have.
  • Your WBUS procedure requires you to lay down flat on your back on the scanning table.
  • The technologist will place a wide field-of-view transducer on your chest while you are lying down.
  • WBUS produces a 3-D image that can see through dense breast tissue to help assess areas that the radiologist was not able to fully assess on your mammogram due to dense breast tissue.
  • The exam will take approximately 25 minutes.

What Do I Do After My Scan?

  • There are no dietary of physical restrictions following your WBUS scan.
  • The images of your scan will be examined by a radiologist and the results will be sent to your referring physician.
  • Your referring physician will review the results with you.
  • You can request copies of your images on a CD-ROM or your report, by calling (805) 692-6435.

What is the cost of Whole Breast Ultrasound?

  • The out of pocket cost depends on your insurance plan conditions.
  • Sansum clinic provides a $300 cash price option for patients who are uninsured, out-of-network, or opt to pay cash and not have their insurance billed.
  • Currently, the following insurance carriers provide coverage for ABUS:
    • CenCal
    • Medicare
    • All Blue Cross Carriers
    • United Health Care HMO/PPO
  • Please inform the scheduling representative if you prefer to take advantage of our cash price option rather than having your insurance billed.


Please call (805) 681-7671 option #3 to schedule your scan.