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Breast Ultrasound

Breast Ultrasound

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.