If your physician would like to get a better image of the breast, in addition to a performing a mammogram, he or she may refer you for a breast ultrasound.
Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce real-time pictures of the body. Similar to an ultrasound exam that is used for expectant mothers, physicians can use ultrasound imaging to produce images of the breast by using a transducer probe to produce an image of the breast tissue on a computer screen.
Ultrasound allows the radiologists to take a closer look into breast tissue, to determine:
- whether an abnormality is a fluid-filled benign cyst
- whether an abnormality is concerning, or cancerous
It is important to remember that finding an abnormality in the breast does not necessarily mean it is cancerous. Breast ultrasound can be used if mammography or MRI are not conclusive enough for your physician to determine the cause.
Learn more about Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy.