As one of the first breast centers in Colorado to offer a whole breast ultrasound, Shaw Regional Cancer Center continues its mission to save lives by finding cancer early. The SonoCiné breast ultrasound is for women with dense breasts. SonoCiné is an automated breast ultrasound system that has been cleared by the FDA as an adjunctive examination to mammography. It is a complementary examination and not a replacement for mammography. Peer reviewed, published clinical trials demonstrate that SonoCiné, when used as an adjunct to mammography, found more and smaller cancers than were found by mammography alone.

What are dense breasts?

Dense breast tissue is comprised of less fat and more connective tissue, which appears white on a mammogram. Cancer also appears white on a mammogram; thus, tumors are often hidden behind the dense tissue. Approximately 40 percent of woman have dense breasts; however, as a woman ages, her breasts usually become more fatty.

How do I know if I have dense breast tissue?

A radiologist determines the density of a woman's breasts by examining a mammogram. Requesting a copy of your mammography report for your referring doctor allows the doctor to review the report and determine if you have dense tissue.

What do I do if I have dense breasts?

Talk to your doctor about having a SonoCiné ultrasound to accompany your mammogram.

Scheduling Your SonoCiné Appointment

SonoCiné can be scheduled through Sonnenalp Breast Center at (970) 569-7690. A clinician's order is not required, and the examination costs a total of $300. The patient is responsible for the cost of the examination, which is usually not covered by insurance.