Breast ultrasound is a useful adjunctive modality to evaluate a breast symptom particularly a lump and to further characterize an abnormality found on a mammogram or a clinical breast exam. This exam is painless, noninvasive and safe. Breast ultrasound is also used as a supplemental modality to screen for breast cancer in women with dense breast or an increased risk for breast cancer.
What to Expect
Breast ultrasound is performed with state-of-the-art ultrasound technology. This exam only takes around 15 to 20 minutes. A patient who may be at an elevated risk for breast cancer or having a dense breast will benefit from added screening with breast ultrasound as a supplement to mammography. There is no radiation used in the breast ultrasound exam. This exam is also ideal for imaging the breast in young and pregnant women in whom mammography is not an option. Breast ultrasound exam is performed by a well-trained sonographer.
Breast Ultrasounds can help diagnose:
- Solid tumors in the breast and characterize them to determine if biopsy is needed.
- Abnormalities of the ducts in those with a nipple discharge.