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An ultrasound is often used to supplement diagnostic mammograms to evaluate palpable findings, masses, cysts, or ductal abnormalities. Ultrasound is particularly helpful in determining whether a mammographic finding is solid or filled with fluid (cyst). Ultrasound is not appropriate for screening, as it does not detect calcifications, which are present 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
The radiologist on site will review the ultrasound images in real-time. 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.