Benefits of ultrasound:
It is quick, painless and does not involve any radiation.
It rapidly distinguishes fluid filled cysts from solid
It accurately documents the size and shape of an
It provides a valuable first impression as to whether solid
lumps look benign, indeterminate or obviously malignant. This may
influence the selection and timing of subsequent tests.
It guides needle biopsy making this procedure quick,
accurate and comfortable.
Ultrasound is particularly useful for assessing symptoms in the
- Young women - less than 35 years of age.
- Assessment of very lumpy, dense breast tissue that is not well
seen on mammorams.
- Women with implants
- Breast infection to exclude an abscess