Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a non-invasive medical test using to high-frequency sound waves to produce sonographic images. Ultrasound imaging does not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays).
Ultrasound of the breast is not a primary screening tool, but has an important role in the further characterization of abnormalities identified at mammography and as a supplementary “double-check” to mammography.
High definition breast ultrasound is therefore a very important and integral part of our protocol. We include a breast ultrasound as a routine examination with each full field digital mammogram.
The most important uses of ultrasound in breast imaging are:
- As a primary screening tool for women under the age of 40, who do not yet require a mammogram.
- Cyst vs. solid characterisation of clinically occult mammographically detected or palpable breast masses.
- Evaluation of asymmetric tissue on mammography.
- Evaluation of palpable masses in women who are pregnant, lactating or under 40 years of age.
- Guide for interventional procedures (cyst aspiration, preoperative localization, fine needle aspiration and core biopsy).