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What is breast ultrasound?Breast ultrasound, or breast imaging, uses a transducer or probe to generate sound waves and produce pictures of the body's internal structures. It does not use ionizing radiation and has no known side effects. Breast ultrasound also provides a picture of soft tissues that don't show up well on X-ray images.
Is a breast ultrasound exam safe?
- Breast ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation.
- There are no known harmful effects on humans.
- Ultrasound scanning is noninvasive (no needles or injections).
- Breast ultrasound provides real-time imaging, making it a good tool for guiding minimally invasive procedures such as breast needle biopsies and fluid aspiration.
Who interprets the results and how do I get them?
A board-certified radiologist*, specifically trained to supervise and interpret ultrasound examinations, will analyze the images and send a report to your primary care or referring doctor who ordered the exam. The referring doctor will share the results with you.
In cases of breast diagnostic studies (a lump, breast pain, abnormal shadow on a mammogram), the results will be shared at the end of your examination.