Monthly Breast Exam
There are two parts to a breast self-exam—looking and feeling.
Looking during a breast self-exam
Feeling during a breast self-exam
Choose one of these methods:
- Circle – Begin at the top of your breast and move your fingers slowly around the outside in a large circle. When you return to the top, move your hand a little closer to the nipple and make a smaller circle. Do this in smaller and smaller circles until you have examined all of the breast tissue.
- Lines – Begin in the underarm area. Slowly move your fingers down until they are below your breast. Move your fingers closer toward your nipple and go slowly back up, using the same motion. Use this up-and-down pattern all the way across your breast.
- Wedge – Begin at the outside edge of your breast. Slowly work your way in toward the nipple, doing one wedge-shaped section at a time. Do this until the entire breast area has been examined.
Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound
Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
The ABUS system was designed specifically as a screening tool for women diagnosed with dense breast tissue. This adjunct study is similar to the 3D mammogram, but uses ultrasound to take multiple scans over sections of the breast. These fine “slices” allow the radiologist to see thru tissue often too dense to make accurate diagnoses.
Women with dense breasts are significantly better served when imaged with a combination of screening mammography and supplemental 3D automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) than when they’re imaged with screening mammography alone.