Breast ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to examine the breasts.
You will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a medical gown.
During the test, you will lie on your back on the examining table.
The doctor or nurse will place a gel on the skin on the breast. A hand-held device (called transducer) is rubbed over the breast area. You will be asked to raise your arms above your head and turn to the left or right as needed.
The device sends sound waves to the breast tissue. The sound waves help create a picture that can be seen on a computer screen.
The number of people involved in the test will be limited to protect your privacy.
Breast ultrasound may also be used to guide a needle during a breast biopsy.
You may want to wear a two-piece outfit, so you do not have to completely undress.
On the day of the test, do not use any lotions or powders on your breasts. Do not wear deodorant under your arms.
This test usually does not cause any discomfort.
Your doctor may order this test if you have:
A breast ultrasound can help:
A normal result means the breast tissue appears normal.
Ultrasound can help show noncancerous growths such as:
Breast cancers can also be seen with ultrasound.
Follow-up tests to determine treatment may be needed:
There are no risks associated with breast ultrasound. There is no radiation exposure.
Reviewed By: Javed Qureshi, MD, Diplomate, American Board of Radiology, Victoria Radiology Associates, Victoria, TX. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.