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Ultrasound Approved to Find Cancer in Dense Breast Tissue

The first ultrasound device designed to help detect cancer in women with dense breasts, who often aren’t diagnosed until they are experiencing more advanced stages of the disease, was approved by U.S. regulators.

The Food and Drug Administration cleared Sunnyvale, California-based U-Systems Inc.’s somo-v ABUS in combination with standard mammography in women who have a negative mammogram and no symptoms of breast cancer, the agency said today in a statement. The device from the closely held company can scan the entire breast in about one minute.