Breast ultrasound is a breast imaging examination that uses soundwaves to take further images of the breast for breast cancer diagnosis. The sonographer places warm gel on the area to be scanned and uses an ultrasound transducer (probe) to image the area(s) of interest. Ultrasound imaging is not painful. The breast radiologist reviews the patient's images and may need to rescan the area(s), and will then review the results with the patient. Breast ultrasound complements mammography and other breast imaging techniques, but does not replace mammography.
Screening Breast Ultrasound
Here at Sonnenalp we use the the FDA-approved Invenia ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System). The ABUS improves cancer detection by 35% over mammography. Ultrasound is a non-invasive and expedient way to look inside the body at organs and soft tissue. There is no exposure to ionizing radiation. Instead, ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create a detailed image of the organ or tissue being examined. Sound waves are sent into the body through a hand-held device called a transducer, which is pressed against and moved over the skin. The 'echoes' that bounce back are then displayed as an image in real time on the ultrasound monitor.
When is a Breast Ultrasound recommended?
- Women who have dense breasts
- Women or men who have a lump or thickening in the breast
- Women with nipple discharge or breast pain
- Women who have breast implants
- Women who are pregnant and should not be exposed to X-ray and have breast symptoms
- Those with any other breast signs and symptoms