Sonomammography or ultrasound of the breast is a non-invasive procedure performed to check the health of breasts and the blood flow to the areas inside them. It is an imaging technique that is used to examine and screen for cancer or/and other breast abnormalities. This test allows quick visualization of the breast tissue. The examination is often done along with mammography (x-ray of breast tissue) to study a mass or lump.
When should you get Sonomammography done?
A breast ultrasound or sonomammography is recommended:
- When a breast lump (mass) or a general lumpiness is felt in the breast.
- To determine if the abnormality detected through mammography or a palpable lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid tumor.
- If breast tissue is too dense to be assessed accurately by mammography.
- In high-risk patients with a family history of breast cancer, past history of breast cancer, or in females older than 35 years of age as a preventive measure to screen for breast cancer.
- An additional method to evaluate the breast, when mammography is not so clear