Your Breast Screening: Five Important Questions

Mammography may not be enough. Here’s what you need to know to get a full picture of your breast health.

You’re taking responsibility for your breast health — conducting self-breast checks, undergoing breast exams at your annual well-woman appointments, getting your yearly mammogram. But if you have dense breast tissue or implants, a mammogram and physician exam may not be providing a comprehensive picture of your breast health. For women with dense breast tissue, studies show that mammography misses 50 percent to 60 percent of cancers.

SonoCiné is a short and comfortable screening for women with dense breast tissue to detect cancer in its early stages. Coupled with a mammogram, it can provide a complete picture of your breast health.

SonoCiné is a short and comfortable screening for women with dense breast tissue to detect cancer in its early stages. Coupled with a mammogram, it can provide a complete picture of your breast health.

Whole breast ultrasound with SonoCiné improves those numbers dramatically by detecting small cancers that can be missed by mammography alone. How?

Tiny cancers are white and easily visible in fatty breasts, which show up dark on a mammogram. Dense breast tissue, however, shows up white on a mammogram, which makes white cancers nearly impossible to detect — it’s often described as looking for a snowball in a snowstorm.

If you have dense breast tissue or implants, a mammogram coupled with SonoCiné is necessary to give you and your doctor a full picture of your breast health.

 

Here are five important questions to discuss with your doctor when considering your screening options.

  1. How comfortable is the screening? SonoCiné  whole breast ultrasound does not require any radiation, breast compression or injections. The examination is painless and only takes around 30 minutes.
  2. Does the screening encompass the entire breast? The SonoCiné  whole breast ultrasound imaging wand screens all of your breast tissue, including under the arm, lower lymph nodes, outer breast tissue, clavicle and inner breast tissue — providing  a complete breast health picture.
  3. What is the average-size cancer detected with ultrasound screening? Clinical studies show that SonoCiné  whole breast ultrasound, combined with a mammogram, can detect cancers as small as 5mm — the size of a pea.
  4. Just how successful are ultrasound screenings at detecting breast cancer? When combined with a mammogram, clinical studies show SonoCiné  whole breast ultrasound is 100 percent more effective than mammography alone in women with dense breasts and 200 percent more effective in finding cancers under 10mm.
  5. Are the images of the breast still photos or a moving video? What are the benefits of moving video? SonoCiné  whole breast ultrasound is the only breast screening tool to use a continuous moving image to view the breast. In an ultrasound, abnormalities in breast tissue show up as dark spots as opposed to white spots in a mammogram. As the radiologist views the movie of the breast tissue, a dark abnormality is easily visible — it “pops” against the image of the dense breast tissue. The radiologist can stop, move forward and move backward to study the abnormality and determine if further diagnostic tests are needed.

Remember, early detection greatly increases breast cancer survival. So if you are age 40 or older, doctors recommend yearly mammograms. To find out if you have dense breast tissue, talk to your doctor or the technologist during your mammogram screening. Note that dense breast tissue is not related to breast size but rather the composition of the breast.

Schedule your SonoCiné screening during the month of May and receive a reduced rate of $100 — a $25 savings. Now, some insurance plans cover SonoCine screenings. Check with your provider to see if SonoCiné is covered under your plan.

7 Responses to “Your Breast Screening: Five Important Questions”

  1. Laura says:

    I’ve had this procedure. And as a breast cancer survivor with dense breast tissue it was important to do whatever I could to make sure I’m cancer free. The procedure was very simple and less traumatic than a mammogram!

  2. patty lomanto says:

    Is this test covered by medicare?

    • Renown Wellness Team says:

      Some insurances cover SonoCiné. Each plan is different and we recommend calling your insurance to see if SonoCiné is covered under your plan.

  3. Yolanda Romo says:

    I been wanting this testing for a while, I’m a breast cancer survior with severe dense breast tissue. I work for Renown and have HHP, is this procedure covered by HHP.

    • Renown Wellness Team says:

      Yolanda, thank you for your question. Insurance plans and coverage vary. Please contact Hometown Health Customer Service at 775-982-3232 to see if SonoCine is covered under your plan.

  4. RHanson says:

    Received my mammorgram result, normal but have dense breast tissue. Do I need an order from my primary physician to get this done?

    • Renown Wellness Team says:

      Some insurances cover SonoCiné. You will need an order form your doctor if SonoCine is included in your coverage and you would like to work with your insurance to cover the cost of the screening. You do not need an order if you will be paying out of pocket for the screening. For additional information and questions, you can contact the Breast Health Center at 775-982-4186.

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