Breast ultrasound is a safe, noninvasive test that uses sound waves to
produce pictures of the inside of your breast. It’s primarily used
to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities your doctor may have
found during a physical exam, mammogram or breast MRI. This ultrasound
can also help detect breast cancers that may not be visible with mammography.
Purpose of this Procedure
- Determining the Nature of a Breast Abnormality
- A breast ultrasound can help supplement mammography by detecting breast
cancers that may not be visible with mammography.
- Provides real-time images, and is often used to guide biopsy procedures.
Ultrasound is one of the tools used in breast imaging, but it does not
replace annual mammography. Many cancers are not visible on ultrasound.
Many calcifications seen on mammography cannot be seen on ultrasound.
Some early breast cancers only show up as calcifications on mammography.
MRI findings that are due to cancer are not always seen with ultrasound.
Biopsy may be recommended to determine if a suspicious abnormality is
cancer or not.