Breast Density

All breasts are not the same.

Some are fatty, some are dense and some are a mix.

Breast Density — What does it mean?

Breasts are made of fat and glandular breast tissue. About 40% of women have dense breasts, which occurs when you have an abundance of breast tissue compared to fat. Dense breasts are prone to hiding masses and lumps when analyzed in a standard mammogram. Dense breast tissue shows up as white masses in a mammogram, the same as cancerous tissue would. Dense breast tissue is also associated with an increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. Women who have dense breast tissue have a four to six times greater risk of developing breast cancer than women who do not.

ABUS Breast Density Chart

The radiologist reads your mammogram and classifies categories. Your mammography results and density classification will be communicated to your primary care physician. You can also receive your test results directly through your Baptist OneCare© MyChart account.

Unlike a standard mammogram, which uses radiation to look for abnormalities in the breasts, the Invenia ABUS uses sonic waves to create a 3D picture of the breasts. ABUS screening technology is FDA-approved and designed specifically for women with dense breast tissue.

The only place to receive an Invenia ABUS scan in the Mid-South is at the Baptist Women's Health Center.

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