Breast ultrasound is frequently used to evaluate breast abnormalities that are found with screening or diagnostic mammography or during a physician performed clinical breast exam. Ultrasound has the benefit of producing images from many different angles. Ultrasound is excellent at distinguishing between solid tumors and fluid filled cysts.
Breast ultrasound can also be used to evaluate lumps or masses that are hard to see on a mammogram.
Breast ultrasound is very useful in imaging patients with palpable masses. The ultrasound probe is placed just above the palpable mass and it can be visualized painlessly and quickly.
Ultrasound of the breast is commonly used to classify breast lesions in the following types of women: