How is an automated breast ultrasound done?
The ABUS exam is painless, radiation-free and takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The ABUS system scans both breasts and adjacent structures. The ultrasound sends sound waves to the breast tissue, which help create a picture that can be seen on a computer screen.
Is Abus covered by insurance?
Is The ABUS Exam Covered by Insurance? Your insurance company pays for the cost of “screening” tests like mammography, which is considered under preventative and wellness programs. The ultrasound would be considered a supplemental screening test and may be subject to your deductible and co-pay.
What is a whole breast screening ultrasound?
Whole-breast ultrasound (an ultrasound of the entire breast) is a technology that can be used with mammography to screen the breast for breast cancers that cannot be felt on physical examination or cannot be seen with mammography.
How long does an automated breast ultrasound take?
Your exam will take approximately one hour.
What is automated breast imaging?
Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) is used as an adjunct to mammography for screening breast cancers in asymptomatic women with dense breasts. It is an effective screening modality with diagnostic accuracy comparable to that of handheld ultrasound (HHUS).
How much does ABUS cost?
Check with your insurance provider. The cost of ABUS scan is $399 and it includes screening both breasts.
Is Abus covered by Medicare?
Medicare pays for tests it considers to be medically necessary. With that in mind, it is not surprising that Medicare covers breast ultrasounds for women with dense breasts, for women with an abnormal mammogram, for men at high risk, or for anyone who has symptoms.
What is the difference between a limited and complete breast ultrasound?
Code 76641 describes a complete examination of all four quadrants of the breast and the retroareolar region; 76642 describes a limited breast ultrasound (e.g., a focused examination limited to one or more elements of 76641, but not all four).
Can an ultrasound tell if breast lump is benign?
Most breast lumps are benign (non-cancerous). Your doctor will likely perform a physical exam to evaluate a breast lump. To determine whether that lump is benign, your doctor will likely order a mammogram and breast ultrasound. In addition, breast MRI, PET/CT or scintimammography may be obtained.
What is 3D automated breast ultrasound?
3D Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound imaging technology utilizes ultrasound to scan the entire breast while the patient lays in a comfortable prone position. There is no breast compression or radiation associated with this procedure. The scan produces 3D volumetric images of the breast for review by the radiologist.
What is the CPT code for automated breast ultrasound?
The coverage of ABUS may vary by insurance carrier, as there may be an out-of-pocket expense. Check with your insurance to understand your benefits. The CPT code is 76641-50 (bilateral breast) or 76641 (unilateral breast), and diagnosis codes is R92.
Is Abus same as 3D mammogram?
3D whole breast ultrasound, also known as ABUS, gives us the ability to provide the most advanced technology on the market for screening patients with dense breasts. In conjunction with a mammogram, 3D whole breast ultrasound offers a better chance to diagnose breast cancer early at a more treatable stage.