Breast Ultrasound is a useful complement to mammography in the evaluation of breast disease. Mammography alone cannot consistently determine whether a mass is cystic or solid. When used in addition to mammography, ultrasound can often improve diagnostic accuracy.
- You will lie on an exam table with your breasts exposed.
- A non-greasy gel will be applied to the area of concern.
- The sonographer will use a hand-held transducer (probe) against your skin to obtain images of the palpable mass, or a mass previously seen on a mammogram to give the radiologist additional information.
- You may be asked to change positions during the exam.
- A recent mammogram examination should be reviewed by the radiologist prior to the ultrasound examination.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
Let the technologist know:
- If you have had previous surgery.
- If you have had cancer or a family history of cancer.
- If you take any medication.