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Breast Ultrasound Imaging

Breast ultrasound is a comfortable procedure using harmless, high frequency sound waves to form images of the breast. During the exam, gel is spread over the breast while an instrument (a transducer) is placed against the skin translating images onto a monitor.

Breast ultrasound:

  • May be ordered by your physician or radiologist to obtain additional images of the breast
  • Is frequently used to assess the characteristics of a lump or mass
  • Can be helpful to further screen women with dense breasts or implants whose mammogram may be difficult to interpret

Breast ultrasound is not a replacement for a breast mammogram. Rather, a mammogram and ultrasound work together to provide more detailed information. Breast ultrasound is available at Hoag Breast Center Newport Beach and Hoag Imaging and Breast Center Irvine.