Breast Ultrasound

Breast ultrasound is used to assess breast lumps that are felt and/or are indicated in imaging scans by mammography or breast MRI to determine if the lumps are cystic (fluid-filled) or solid. Breast ultrasound can help in differentiating between benign and malignant processes, diagnosing and monitoring breast inflammation or abscess formation as well as providing guidance of needle placement for aspiration or biopsy.

What preparation is needed?

  • No prior preparation is required for a breast ultrasound.What to expect during a breast ultrasound?
  • Breast ultrasound exam is conducted usually with the patients lying on their backs, but other positions like being asked to turn on one side may be required.
  • A gel is applied to the skin of the breast to improve the transducer’s contact with the skin. The transducer is moved over the breast to generate images of the tissue.

Is there anything else I should know?
You are requested to bring a copy of the medical history of the patient, including recent lab work reports and any previous imaging scans that may have been prescribed by your doctor.