Our physicians perform breast exams as part of our routine check-ups, as well as offering more advanced care for those with breast pain, swelling, redness, or other symptoms.
While not a substitute for a mammogram, breast ultrasounds offer a preliminary evaluation of breast tissue. We have the capability to scan breast tissue in our office where your doctor can determine what steps, if any, need to be taken. The primary use of breast ultrasound is to determine the etiology of breast abnormalities or lumps and can determine the difference between fluid or solid structures within the breast and the features of the abnormality.
Breast ultrasounds are a non-invasive procedure using high-frequency sound waves to produce an image on a screen. The sound waves strike an object within the breast (tissue or fluid), and through the handheld transducer, return an image to the screen. Real-time images created by the ultrasound capture body parts or fluid within the body as it is happening.
With this ultrasound, we can see the internal structure of the breast and find the cause of breast symptoms, such as pain, swelling, redness, and lumps. Again, this ultrasound does not take the place of a yearly screening mammogram but can be used as an added tool.
Breast ultrasounds are well-suited for use with younger women who are not yet at the age to begin yearly screening mammography tests and tend to have denser breast tissue. Doppler imaging in breast ultrasounds uses color during the exam which shows blood flow within a solid lesion in the body. This can provide additional information in determining the mass structure.
Our physicians will decide what test is best for your individual situation. If indicated, we can perform your breast ultrasound in our office.