Breast ultrasound is done to thoroughly examine all parts of the breast, especially places closes to the chest wall, that are hard to reach with traditional mammography. Ultrasound does not use radiation like x-rays do.
Breast ultrasound may be performed to determine if:
- There is a medical cause for some breast symptoms.
- A patient is younger and has denser breast tissue.
- An abnormal breast growth found during an exam is a solid mass or a cyst in the breast (a fluid-filled sac).
- A lump in the breast is a fibroadenoma or lipoma. A fibroadenoma is a noncancerous solid growth; lipomas are noncancerous fatty lumps that can occur anywhere in the body.
Physicians use breast ultrasounds to:
- Locate an optimal place to inject a needle for biopsy of a mass or cyst.
- Check the status and health of breast implants.
- Watch lumps or cysts for growth.
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