What is a Breast Ultrasound?
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to provide diagnostic images of breast tissue. It is commonly used to further investigate an abnormality seen on a mammogram and can verify whether a mass is solid or cystic (fluid filled). Because ultrasound is real-time, it can also be used to guide a needle during a breast biopsy or cyst aspiration procedure. These images are recorded and read by a board certified radiologist.
Why do I need a Breast Ultrasound?
The primary use of breast ultrasound today is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected by a physician during a physical exam (such as a lump or bloody or spontaneous clear nipple discharge) and to characterize potential abnormalities seen on mammography.
Ultrasound imaging can help to determine if an abnormality is solid (which may be a non-cancerous lump of tissue or a cancerous tumor) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst) or both cystic and solid. Ultrasound can also help show additional features of the abnormal area.
Preparing for your Breast Ultrasound
You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a gown during the procedure.