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Breast Ultrasound

Breast Ultrasound Houston TX

A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissues inside the breast. The breast ultrasound can show all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall, which is hard to study with a mammogram. Breast ultrasound does not use X-rays or other types of radiation.

Why is it done?

Breast ultrasound is done to:

  • Check a breast lump found by self-examination and/or to correlate finding on mammogram
  • See whether a breast lump is solid or is fluid filled (a cyst) - a lump that has no fluid or has fluid with floating particles may need more tests
  • Look at the breast in younger women where breast tissue is often more dense and a mammogram may not show as much detail
  • Check your breasts if you have silicone breast implants or dense breast tissue

Breast ultrasound-guided needle biopsy is a special technique that may be used to obtain tissue samples from areas where calcifications are seen on mammography. The radiologist uses ultrasound to guide a needle with increased precision to remove the tissue sample.

How is it done?

A breast ultrasound is usually done by a specially trained technologist. You will be asked to undress above the waist. Gel will be put on your breast to help the transducer pick up sound waves as it moves back and forth over the breast.

How does it feel?

A gel will be applied to your breast and you will feel light pressure from the transducer as it passes over your breast, but you should feel no discomfort unless the breast is tender because of fibrocystic breast changes, an abscess or infection. The test usually lasts 15-20 minutes.

 

Make an Appointment

Make an appointment at a Memorial Hermann Breast Care Center or Memorial Hermann Imaging Center located throughout the Houston area at (877) 704-8700