Breast ultrasound is used to help diagnose abnormalities, such as breast lumps, that are found during a routine physical breast exam or to further characterize certain mammographic findings. Most breast abnormalities are non-cancerous. The Breast Care Center at Presbyterian/St. Luke's uses the most advanced ultrasound technology to perform breast assessments for Denver women.
Ultrasound for a breast abnormality can help determine whether a breast lump is a fluid-filled mass (which could be a benign breast cyst) or a solid mass (which can be either a cancerous or benign tumor).
- Breast ultrasound (also called a breast sonogram) uses high-frequency sound waves to produce breast images.
- Breast ultrasound does not use radiation. It produces images through high-frequency sound waves.
- Ultrasound images can also show blood vessels in normal and abnormal breast tissues.
- A breast ultrasound examination is usually painless and takes about a half-hour to complete.
All breast ultrasounds performed at our Breast Care Center are read and analyzed by board-certified radiologists here at our Denver facility.
Preparing for and Having a Breast Ultrasound Exam
- Relax. Taking a breast ultrasound image is virtually pain-free and uses no radiation. Your breast ultrasound technician is well trained and will make sure your breast exam goes quickly and efficiently. Remember that the majority of abnormalities turn out not to be breast cancer.
- You will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a comfortable robe that we will supply.
- The breast ultrasound technician will ask you to lie on your back, on the examination table, with your arm raised over your head.
- A clear, warm gel will be applied to the breast being scanned.
- A skilled, board-certified radiologist will read your breast ultrasound images and report back findings quickly.