Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a computer picture of the inside of the breast. It can show certain breast changes, like fluid-filled cysts, that are harder to identify on mammograms. Ultrasound is useful for looking at some breast changes, such as lumps especially those that can be felt but not seen on a mammogram or changes in women with dense breast tissue. It also can be used to look at a suspicious area that was seen on a mammogram. Ultrasound is useful because it can often tell the difference between fluid-filled cysts which are very unlikely to be cancer and solid masses which might need further testing to be sure they're not cancer. Ultrasound can also be used to help guide a biopsy needle into an area so that cells can be taken out and tested for cancer.
The good, the bad, and the ugly about breast ultrasound
Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make images of the breast. Ultrasound images may be called sonograms. Breast ultrasound is a non-invasive test. It's often used as a follow-up test after an abnormal finding on a mammogram, breast MRI or clinical breast exam. Learn more about breast cancer diagnosis.
Ultrasound imaging of the breast uses sound waves to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast. It is primarily used to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities your doctor may have found during a physical exam, mammogram or breast MRI. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and does not use radiation.
Breast ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to look at the inside of your breasts. It can help your healthcare provider find breast problems. It also lets your healthcare provider see how well blood is flowing to areas in your breasts. This test is often used when a change has been seen on a mammogram or when a change is felt, but does not show up on a mammogram.