An ultrasound is often used to supplement diagnostic mammograms to evaluate palpable findings, masses, cysts, or ductal abnormalities. Ultrasound is particularly helpful to identify whether a mammographic finding is solid or filled with fluid (cyst). Ultrasound is not appropriate for screening, as it does not detect calcifications, which can be seen in certain types of cancer.
During the Procedure
- You will lie down for the exam
- You will keep your arm above your head
- The sonographer will place some gel on your skin and press firmly with the transducer on your breast over the area of interest to obtain images
Images are reviewed in real time by the radiologist on site. If a suspicious finding is identified, you and your referring doctor will be informed at the time of the exam, and you will be scheduled for an additional short term follow up, biopsy, or surgical consultation as appropriate.
How to Schedule Your Breast Ultrasound
- Ask your primary care physician for a referral
- Appointments are available at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla
- Call us for an appointment at 619-543-3405