A breast ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the breast tissue. It is often used as a supplementary screening tool for breast cancer detection.
Mammography uses X-rays to create images of the breast tissue, while ultrasound uses sound waves. Mammography is typically the primary screening tool, and ultrasound is used in addition to provide more information, especially for women with dense breast tissue.
Yes, breast ultrasound is considered safe because it does not involve ionizing radiation, as in the case of mammography. It uses harmless sound waves to create images.
No, a breast ultrasound is a painless procedure. Sonographer will apply a gel to your breast and use a handheld device (transducer) to move over the area, capturing images.
A breast ultrasound typically takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, although the duration may vary depending on the complexity of the examination.
A breast ultrasound can detect various breast abnormalities, including cysts (fluid-filled sacs), breast masses, solid, fibrocystic changes, lympth nodes, and parenchyma.
Breast ultrasound is often used in conjunction with mammography for comprehensive breast cancer screening. While it is a valuable tool, mammography remains the primary screening method.
There are generally no known risks or side effects associated with breast ultrasound, as it does not involve radiation exposure.
In most cases, there is no specific preparation needed for a breast ultrasound. You may be asked to wear a comfortable two-piece outfit, as you’ll need to undress from the waist up during the procedure.