Breast ultrasounds are used to diagnose breast symptoms. Questionable areas on a mammogram can be further examined under ultrasound to characterize the abnormality. Also, lumps in the breast can be distinguished as a solid mass or fluid (cyst). Once the lump is categorized, a breast biopsy can also be completed at Visconti Imaging.
As of June 1st, 2015, the State of Michigan requires that all radiologists report breast density to patients during their mammograms. Having dense breasts make it more difficult to detect cancer on a mammogram (dense tissue appears white on a mammogram; masses and lumps also show up white). So, this can make your mammogram less accurate if you have dense breasts.
Studies have shown that breast ultrasounds can help detect breast cancers that can’t be seen on a mammogram. However, this modality is not mean to replace a mammogram. But Dr. Visconti may recommend a breast ultrasound, after your mammogram, if your breasts are categorized as dense. If you still have questions about breast density, click here to read more.
Special instructions: Patient preparation is not required for breast ultrasounds.