Diagnostic Ultrasound › Breast Ultrasounds
Though the mainstay of breast investigations is the mammogram, especially in screening programs for the over 40s age group, breast ultrasounds still have a very important function. In simple terms, a breast ultrasound is most often done to find out if a lesion found by a mammogram or by a physical examination of the breast may be a cyst filled with fluid (usually benign) or is solid (which may be non-cancerous, but also potentially cancerous). It is particularly useful if:
You have particularly dense breast tissue
You are under the age of 40
You are pregnant
You have breast implants
Breast ultrasounds also give us the opportunity:
To look at the nearby lymph nodes
To cary out guided needle biopsies
To remove fluid from cysts
Note: a breast ultrasound may still need to be followed by a mammogram or an MRI if the radiologist deems it necessary.
PREPARATION REQUIRED FOR A BREAST ULTRASOUND:
No particular preparation is required for this investigation.