Breast ultrasound - The Breast Centre

By: The Breast Centre  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Breast Centre

Breast ultrasound - The Breast Centre

Benefits of ultrasound:

It is quick, painless and does not involve any radiation.

It rapidly distinguishes fluid filled cysts from solid lumps.

It accurately documents the size and shape of an abnormality.

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 following situations:

  • Young women - less than 35 years of age.
  • Pregnancy
  • Assessment of very lumpy, dense breast tissue that is not well seen on mammorams.
  • Women with implants
  • Breast infection to exclude an abscess

Keywords: Breast Centre

Other products and services from The Breast Centre


A comprehensive range of services for all breast problems

Our highly experienced regular anaesthetists Charles Bradfield and Jayesh Patel both provide a safe and pleasant anaesthetic experience. New patients are all assessed by Specialist surgeon Trevor Smith who has more than twelve years of experience in breast surgery. Ultrasound has revolutionised the assessment and management of breast problems.


Specialist surgical consultation - The Breast Centre

If an abnormality is identified on these tests then a needle biopsy is necessary to get a sample of the tissue for testing in the laboratory. It distinguishes fluid filled cysts from solid lumps, guides needle-biopsy and accurately documents the size and shape of an abnormality. I will then discuss the place of any further investigations such as mammography or biopsy in your particular situation.


Breast reconstruction - The Breast Centre

The flap is supplied by a blood vessel running through one of the abdominal wall muscles and this is rotated superiorly under the abdominal skin to reach the mastectomy defect. An implant is a bag filled with saline or silicone gel that can be inserted under the chest wall muscle at the time of mastectomy. This is the transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous flap and involves using the abdominal fat and skin for reconstruction.


Breast cancer surgery - The Breast Centre

Whilst this is not a critical part of the cancer surgery it can significantly improve the postoperative recovery and cosmetic outcome - factors that are an integral part of modern breast cancer surgery. In some cases it may be necessary to consider a balancing operation on the other breast to achieve a good cosmetic result. You will need adequate time to consider these various options and to decide what is going to be best for you.