Ultrasound has become an essential technology in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. At the Pink Lotus Breast Center, all of our surgical breast specialists and radiologists are expertly trained in the latest ultrasound technology. Breast ultrasound helps diagnose abnormalities (such as a lump) detected in your breast during a clinical breast exam or a routine or diagnostic mammogram.
Ultrasound vs. Mammography
While digital mammography is the standard for breast cancer screening, some cancers and abnormalities are not visible or are difficult to interpret on mammograms. Particularly in women with dense breasts (meaning there is a lot of glandular tissue and less fat), whole breast screening ultrasound has been shown to complement mammography by helping to detect smaller breast cancers that may not be visible otherwise.
Ultrasound Guided Biopsies
If needed, our surgical breast specialists and radiologists can obtain tissue to diagnose a breast abnormality by performing an ultrasound-guided biopsy. Because ultrasound technology provides real-time images of your breast and avoids both the compression and the radiation of a mammogram, it is an ideal way to guide a biopsy needle into a suspicious area for sampling.