Breast Ultrasound

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?

No.

When will I get the results?

You will receive your results the same day that you have your ultrasound.