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.