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Monday, September 8, 2014

Is It Recommended to Get an Ultrasound of the Breast

Mammography is an excellent test, and usually the best test for determining the nature of a breast complaint. However, mammography is performed with radiation, and has some cost and discomfort and certainly is not a test women can receive frequently during the year. Women, alternatively, can receive an ultrasound of breast tissue that can reveal the nature of a lump if one is felt on examination. Breast Ultrasound is also extremely useful to direct a fluid aspiration test and to follow up when breast cysts have persisted. Many organizations have guidelines covering when and how to use ultrasound, including, ACOG, AIUM, and ACR.
Left Breast Sold Mass,in this case a Fibroadenoma Shown Between Arrows

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