Invenia ABUS - Innovative breast ultrasound

2D and 3D mammography are the classic diagnostic technologies for breast cancer screening. Relying on mammography alone might potentially miss cancers in dense breasts. Dense breast tissue and cancer both appear white on a mammogram which sometimes makes it hard to identify breast cancer with high confidence.

In order to improve breast cancer detection, GE Healthcare has developed Invenia™ ABUS. ABUS stands for Automated Breast Ultrasound System. It is a comfortable screening option for the treatment of women with dense breast tissue. The combination of Invenia ABUS and mammography can considerably improve breast cancer detection - compared with mammography alone.

Invenia ABUS uses 3D ultrasound technology for a comfortable and quick imaging for women with dense breast tissue. A breast cancer screening with Invenia ABUS usually takes 15 minutes or less.

Invenia ABUS

For rapid and confident ultrasound breast screening

Invenia ABUS offers an automatic volumetric 3D ultrasound scan including image optimization for an accurate and reproducible image, which can be effectively evaluated by the physician.

Screening and diagnostics

Innovative breast cancer screening for women with dense breast tissue

In normal mammography, more than 1/3 of breast cancer cases in women with dense breast tissue remain undetected.1 Invenia ABUS is a patient-friendly, non-ionizing examination method that can be used in addition to mammography in women with dense breast tissue.

Approximately 40% of all women have dense breast tissue.2 The risk of breast cancer for such women is up to four to six times higher.3 Breast cancer can easily go undetected in dense breast tissue using mammography alone.

When ABUS is performed in addition to mammography, a 57% increase in sensitivity to invasive breast cancer can be detected.

1 Kolb, T., Lichy, J., Newhouse, J.H., Comparison of the Performance of Screening Mammography, Physical Examination, and Breast US and Evaluation of Factors that Influence them: An Analysis of 27,825 Patient Evaluations Radiology 2002; 225:165–175
2 Pisano, E.D., Gatsonis, C., et. al. Diagnostic Performance of Digital versus Film Mammography for Breast-Cancer Screening, N Engl J Med 2005;353. 1- 11
3 Boyd, N.F., Guo, H., et. al., Mammographic Density and the Risk and Detection of Breast Cancer N Engl J Med 2007, 356 (3): 227-2362

The ultrasound technology of Invenia ABUS

Fast and effective screening workflow in breast ultrasound

From its architecture to its advanced imaging algorithms, the Invenia ABUS ultrasound concept is fully designed for automated screening. The ultrasound device is user-friendly and provides high comfort for the patient and the operator alike.

Powerful imaging architecture

The imaging architecture offers exceptional performance and immediate results in breast imaging by shifting from hardware to software-based processing.

Intelligent imaging algorithms

Advanced algorithms with automatic image optimization deliver exceptional image quality and reproducible images. Algorithms include tissue equalization, nipple shadow compensation, breast border detection and chest wall detection. These algorithms are designed to minimize artifacts.

User-friendly touch-screen

The high-resolution touch screen of the Invenia ABUS and its advanced PCT technology (Projective Capacitive Touch) ensures a simple and smooth workflow. The graphical user interface is ergonomically optimized. Simply tap on the highlighted symbols to intuitively move through a breast ultrasound examination.

Anatomically shaped transducer

The high-frequency reverse curve ultrasound probe delivers outstanding image quality with optimal breast coverage, consistent compression and high patient comfort. This ultrasound probe is part of a new generation of special transducers adapted to the female anatomy.

Automatic compression

The device is equipped with the practical "compression assist" function on the scanner head. This function allows three different compression levels to be selected, making the examinations more comfortable for both patients and operators.

Efficient analysis and medical findings in breast ultrasound

Generated images can be sent to a workstation for fast diagnosis and direct archiving (e.g. to a PACS or an external memory drive). Evaluation and reporting are possible within 3 minutes1 - an enormous time saving for physicians, especially compared to traditional ultrasound in breast sonography.

1 ARRS 2012 Breast Imaging: Screening/Emerging Technologies Oral Abstract; Radiologist Interpretation Time for 3D Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening, R. Brem

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ABUS Club provides members access to a community of shared interests. You'll be given the opportunity to see ideas and practices from other users to help your facility grow your ABUS revenue stream, stand out in your market, and have clinical impact. We'll also help you to stay at the forefront of advancements in medical and diagnostic developments in ultrasound, and inform you about innovative product and software updates.

The advantages of the membership

  • Product information and updates
  • Educational offerings
  • Application information
  • Member best practice sharing
  • References and resources
  • Clinical image gallery

Please note: Club benefits can vary according to region.

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