A Reference breast ultrasound Opens New Window uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the breast. A breast ultrasound can show all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall, which is hard to study with a Reference mammogram Opens New Window. Breast ultrasound does not use Reference X-rays Opens New Window or other potentially harmful types of radiation.
A breast ultrasound is used to see whether a breast lump is filled with fluid (a Reference cyst Opens New Window) or if it is a solid lump. An ultrasound does not replace the need for a mammogram, but it is often used to check abnormal results from a mammogram.
For a breast ultrasound, a small handheld unit called a Reference transducer Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window is gently passed back and forth over the breast. A computer turns the sound waves into a picture on a TV screen. The picture is called a sonogram or ultrasound scan.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 8, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology