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Dr. Rick Welcome is a radiologist at Saint Mary's. And he's thrilled with the latest, cutting edge technology his hospital now offers women with dense breast tissue. "We will find more early cancers with ultrasound. If we find them earlier and smaller we will save lives."

Dr. Welcome knows all too well the problems of mammography with dense breast tissue. He says it's like finding a snowball in a snowstorm since cancer and dense tissue both show up white on mammography. But with ultrasound, like the Somo V by GE, the colors are different. "Ultrasound, women with dense breasts, the tissue looks white on an ultrasound, but cancers will appear as a dark area. So it's much easier when we are looking for cancers to see something black on a white background of dense tissue."

To get those images, the patient lays on a bed. A sonographer puts the transducer on the patients breast which is covered with lotion. They take 3, sometimes 4 views. It's an automated breast ultrasound which takes out operator error, makes it reproducible and it's efficient. "This technology will allow us to find about 30% more cancers than mammography in women with dense breasts."

There's no pain or compression. Saint Mary's says this screening is covered by insurance. To make an appointment, call 775-770-3187 or visit www.saintmarysreno.com

For more information about the ABUS Somo V go to http://www.u-systems.com/ 

To truly understand the dangers of dense breast tissue, watch my TEDx talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQPLMWuTlWQ 

Written By Wendy Damonte
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