Menorah Medical Center
October 15, 2013

Dr. Susanne Chow, MD

The Breast Center at Menorah Medical Center announces the addition of the Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS) as a secondary breast cancer diagnostic tool for women with dense breast tissue, whose risk of developing breast cancer is up to five times higher than among women with less dense tissue. 

The Breast Center at Menorah Medical Center is one of the only places in the Kansas City metropolitan area to offer this newest generation advanced technology.  Menorah Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider — is a leader in cancer care in Johnson County. 

“With the addition of ABVS, Menorah Medical Center demonstrates its continued commitment to providing state-of-the-art breast cancer diagnostic screening services to women from throughout the Kansas City area,” says Steven D. WIlkinson, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer of Menorah Medical Center. “This is another example of the advanced technology and comprehensive care that The Breast Center at Menorah Medical Center offers for early detection among women at high risk of developing breast cancer and is part of Menorah’s guiding mission to provide high-quality, proactive patient care.” 

One in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime and the disease is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. While mammography is still considered the gold standard in breast screening, cancer nodules may be obscured by dense tissue and mammography misses roughly 10 percent of cancers in women that have dense breasts.  In addition, small white spots on a mammogram may either be cancerous or dense tissue and the ABVS 3D view allows radiologists more clarity. 

ABVS provides greater detail and a more realistic, multi-faceted view of the whole breast anatomy from the skin line to the chest wall, which may aid in earlier detection and more accurate diagnosis. Women with dense breast tissue don't need to wait until they feel something suspicious in their breast because ABVS can help identify abnormalities at Stage I or II, when it's easier to treat breast cancer.  

ABVS ultrasounds are more comfortable than traditional mammography because there is only minimal compression and each set of images takes about one minute.  Typically three scans are performed on each breast with the entire exam finished in approximately 10 minutes. 

“The Automated Breast Volume Scanner is not meant to replace mammography,” says Susanne Chow, MD, The Breast Center at Menorah’s dedicated, on-site board-certified radiologist. “It’s an additional tool for women who have a higher risk because of dense breast tissue, but their risk is not high enough to qualify them for magnetic resonance imaging. 

Early detection of breast cancer is proven to save lives and ABVS is another tool to help us find the disease in its early stages, when it’s most treatable.” 

For more information on the ABVS, call Nurse Navigator Gina Shay-Zapien, APRN, at The Breast Center at Menorah Medical Center, (913) 498-6420 or visit