Breast Ultrasound

What is a breast ultrasound?

Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to view to evaluate the breasts. This type of ultrasound allows for visualization and characterization of abnormalities, and can also be used to guide biopsies and needle aspirations of potential abnormalities.

Why is this test performed?

-Evaluation of palpable masses and other breast related signs and/or symptoms
-Evaluation of suspected or apparent abnormalities detected on other imaging studies
-Initial imaging evaluation of problems associated with breast implants
-Evaluation of breasts microcalcifications and/or architectural distortion suspicious for malignancy
-Guidance of breast biopsy and other interventional procedures
-Treatment planning for radiation therapy
-As a supplement to mammography

How is this test performed?

You will be asked to remove your top and lie on your back on an exam table. The sonographer will put a warm water-based gel on the skin, which helps transmit sound waves through the transducer. The sonographer will move the transducer over the one or both of your breasts in order to obtain ultrasound images. The test should take approximately 15-20 minutes.

How do I prepare for this test?

You should not use lotion or powder on your breasts and avoid wearing deodorant prior to the exam.

What are the risks of a breast ultrasound?

There are no risks associated with breast ultrasound.