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BREAST SONOGRAM

A breast sonogram is commonly used to screen for tumors and other breast abnormalities. Unlike mammograms and CT scans, sonograms don’t use radiation and are considered safe for pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers.

Several Common Indications for the Exam:

A breast sonogram may be requested if you or your healthcare provider feels a lump in your breast. The sonogram helps your doctor determine whether the lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid tumor. It also allows them to determine the location and size of the lump and may identify the presence of enlarged lymph nodes.

While a breast sonogram can be used to assess a lump in your breast, it can’t be used to determine whether the lump is cancerous. That can only be established if a sample of tissue or fluid is removed from the lump and tested in a laboratory.

Aside from being used to determine the nature of a breast lump, a breast sonogram may also be performed on women who should avoid radiation, such as:

  • Women under age 25
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Women who are breast-feeding
  • Women with silicone breast implants



What to Expect

It is first necessary to undress from the waist up and put on an examination cape. You will then be asked to lie on the exam table with your arm placed above your head and body rolled away from the breast to be examined. Warm gel will be placed on your skin. The sonographer will then position an ultrasound transducer on your breast and use varied amounts of pressure to obtain the desired images.

The exam will be performed with a high definition ultrasound transducer.

Exam Preparation

No preparation necessary.

Test Results

In emergent cases, or if requested by your referring provider, a preliminary report of findings will be provided immediately following the examination. Final reports are typically available in the morning of the next business day.