What is Breast Ultrasound?
Breast ultrasound is an imaging exam that uses sound waves to create images of breast tissue. The characteristics of ultrasound images make breast ultrasound an important complement to other imaging methods for breast screening and diagnosis, such as mammograms and breast MRI.
Doctors may recommend breast ultrasound for such purposes as:
- Supplementary annual breast screening for women with certain risk factors, such as dense breasts, family history of breast cancer, or known genetic predisposition.
- Follow-up diagnostic exam after suspicious findings on a mammogram or other breast screening.
- Diagnostic evaluation after a physician exam reveals abnormalities such as a lump or an area that feels different from the rest of the breast.
- As a substitute screening in certain specific situations, such as for patients who should not be exposed to radiation due to pregnancy or other concerns, or for those who, for various reasons, should not have an MRI.