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Breast Ultrasound

Breast ultrasound uses the same high frequency sound technology used to visualise the foetus in a pregnant woman, but is applied to the breast tissue using equipment specific to the breast (high frequency ultrasound probes).


  • The ultrasound examination uses sound waves to achieve the images.
  • The ultrasound technique obtains images that are complementary to the mammogram.
  • Patients frequently have both a mammogram and a breast ultrasound.


Ultrasound can be used to assess the following:

  • Very dense breast tissue.
  • Assessing the nature of lesions seen on the mammogram.
  • Patients who have a clinical abnormality (a symptom), where no abnormality was identified in the mammogram.
  • Younger women in whom the risk of breast cancer is less.
  • Pregnant women thus avoiding the use of xrays.

Time The ultrasound procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.

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