What are Breast Ultrasounds?
An ultrasound of the breast uses high frequency sound waves to create a live image from inside of a patient’s body. It is a painless test that is very commonly used in the medical field today. An ultrasound is also sometimes referred to as a sonogram, diagnostic sonography, or ultrasonography. The medical professional that performs an ultrasound is called a sonographer.
As an ultrasound uses sound waves rather than radiation, it is regarded as being a safe scan. Because of this, it is the preferred method to use during pregnancy.
An ultrasound diagnoses problems with internal organs, blood vessels, and soft tissue structures within the body. Although generally associated with being used during pregnancy, an ultrasound is used to examine many other parts of the body including the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, and many other internal structures.
A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of the tissues inside the breast. It can show all areas of the breast that are unable to be seen with a mammogram.
Reasons for a Breast Ultrasound:
Ultrasounds are used for a multitude of reasons. A physician may order an ultrasound if a patient is experiencing any pain, swelling, or other abnormalities that require an internal view of the organs.
A breast ultrasound can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. They are important in planning for certain types of therapy and surgery, as well as in the aftermath to determine whether the patient’s body is responding to treatment.
Ultrasounds can be used to detect cysts, obstructions, and infections in the body. They can also measure blood flow in the arteries to detect blockages.
An ultrasound may be used to check for certain cancers in various different ways including to detect abnormal tumors, growths or lumps.
A Breast Ultrasound may help diagnose (find):
A breast ultrasound is used to determine the cause of pain, swelling, or redness in the breast.
An ultrasound of the breast is used to evaluate a breast lump.
A breast ultrasound is used to detect whether a breast lump is filled with fluid or if it is solid.
Ultrasounds of the breast are often requested after receiving abnormal results from a mammogram.
An ultrasound of the breast is used to diagnose breast cancer as well as to determine treatment and identify if the cancer has spread or not.
A breast ultrasound is often used in examining a silicone breast implant.