Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS) for Women with Dense Breasts Now Offered at Baptist Health in Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Baptist Health Breast Center-Fort Smith now offers a breast cancer screening option specifically for women with dense breast tissue.

The center is the first in the River Valley to offer the Invenia ABUS, or Automated Breast Ultrasound System, in adjunct to mammography for asymptomatic women with dense breast tissue and no prior interventions.

Over 40% of women in the U.S. have dense breast tissue which can mask the appearance of tumors and limit the performance of mammography. Automated whole breast ultrasound can see through dense tissue and find small cancers that may not be seen on mammography because they are hidden by normal, dense breast tissue.

The Invenia ABUS 2.0 System is designed to enhance the consistency, reproducibility, and sensitivity of breast ultrasound, demonstrating a 35.7 percent improvement in cancer detection in women with dense breasts without prior breast intervention.

“It is a privilege for Baptist Health Breast Center-Fort Smith to provide this new technology to the River Valley,” said James Ireland, MD, radiologist. “ABUS has the potential to reduce false positives, improve sensitivity and diagnostic accuracy of breast lesions in patients who have a history of dense breasts.  We are proud to offer this level of care closer to home.”

Baptist Health recommends women get an annual mammogram starting at age 40. If they have dense tissue, they should talk to their doctor or radiologist about their specific risk and any additional screening that might be appropriate.  All mammography reports issued at Baptist Health indicate the patient’s breast tissue density and are available through the MyChart patient portal.

To schedule a mammogram at Baptist Health or learn more about your risk for breast cancer, visit or call 1-888-BAPTIST.

About Baptist Health

For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app.