In breast ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to the human ear, are transmitted through the breast. The echoes are recorded and transformed into video or photographic images. The sound waves can be directed at an area of interest through the use of a probe, which allows close evaluation of a small area of tissue.
Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation, like an X-ray, and are non-invasive. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Breast ultrasound can be used as a screening tool for women who:
- Are at high risk for breast cancer and unable to tolerate an MRI examination
- Are at intermediate risk for breast cancer based family history, personal history of breast cancer or prior biopsy showing an abnormal result
- Have dense breasts
- Have breast implants
- Are pregnant and should not be exposed to X-rays
For more information about our comprehensive breast health services, please contact the St. Mary’s Breast Center:
100 St. Mary’s Epworth Crossing