Frequently asked questions about Breast Ultrasound
What is a breast ultrasound?
Breast ultrasound is used as a mammography supplement to help distinguish the characteristics of a lump or a breast mass. Use of ultrasound allows our physicians to avoid recommending unnecessary surgical procedures. Ultrasound is performed by the radiologist when it is needed to help make a diagnosis or to clarify mammographic information.
When is an ultrasound exam done?
An ultrasound breast exam is primarily used as a diagnostic tool – it is not a screening method for breast cancer. It may be done when:
An area of concern has been found on a diagnostic mammogram.
You are experiencing nipple drainage, or have an area where the skin has retracted on your breast.
You have very dense breasts. When breasts are mostly dense, lesions may be more recognizable using ultrasound.
How is the ultrasound done?
While you are lying on your back on a padded table, a transducer is run over the area of the breast to be imaged. This painless procedure uses sound waves to show structures inside the breast.
Do I need to do anything special before having this procedure?
When will I get the results?
You will receive your results the same day that you have your ultrasound.