Breast ultrasound is an ultrasound image of the breast.
This is a basic breast imaging test, recommended to all young women, especially those at high risk, whose mothers or grandmothers suffered from breast cancer. This is a non-invasive 15-minute examination that allows you to assess the anatomical structure of the mammary gland and detect changes in the breast. It is worth noting that, unlike mammography, this test is neutral for cancer cells. The study uses ultrasound inaudible to the human ear, most often at a frequency of 1-10MHz. With the help of a special probe they are emitted towards the breast, bouncing off the tissues of the mammary gland, after which the reflected ultrasound waves are converted into an electric pulse. The ultrasound used is safe for the body, and the ultrasound itself is painless. Ultrasound examination is a thorough examination and detects even a few millimeter changes in the breast. When should I go to the examination? Breast ultrasound should be performed once a year by all women, especially those who are at a higher risk of developing cancer or have detected lumps during self-examination. Changes already diagnosed should also be monitored.
How to prepare for the test?
Breast ultrasound does not require prior preparation. What if the examination reveals irregularities? If the radiologist detects changes during the examination, he will enter information into the documentation and direct the patient to another doctor for a detailed analysis, including biopsy.