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New FDA Approved Breast Cancer Screening Tool
Date:12/6/2009

exam, instead of just single pictures, so it can be stopped, can be magnified and the radiologist can even go back and forth to be sure nothing is missed.

"It is not a replacement for screening mammography, but an additional exam for women with dense breasts and for some women with breast implants," explains Dr. Barclay-White. "There are relatively few radiologists trained to offer screening ultrasound as part of the breast screening process, even though the advantages are many. It is less expensive than MRI, there are no contrast injections, no radio nuclide injections, no radiation and no breast compression. In experienced hands, we do not have the high false positive biopsy rates we see with MRI. When cancers are found with ultrasound, they are significantly smaller than when they are eventually visible on mammograms, making treatment outcomes very positive."

Since acquiring SonoCine, Breastnet has found two breast cancers. One was not visible on the mammogram or on a recent MRI and was not present on an ultrasound 15 months prior. Barclay-White performed a screening SonoCine UltraSound on the patient and found a 5mm invasive non-palpable ductal carcinoma. "Early detection really does save lives and to find this type of cancer at such a small size is significant when we are talking about patient outcomes," according to Barclay-White.

Patients at Arizona Breastnet, who are candidates for SonoCine UltraSound, are happily adding this screening tool to their yearly mammogram program for added peace of mind, even though it is not covered by insurance. All women should be made aware that it is now available and should check to see if they are candidates for the exam. The cost is $300.

About Breastnet:

Arizona Breastnet LLC. was founded in 1998 by Dr. Belinda Barclay-White, who has been practicing radiology in Phoenix since 1983. Breastnet specializes in medical conditions related to the breast. Dr. Barclay-White ha
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