At PINK Breast Center we pride ourselves on using the latest technology available. Patients rely on us for State-of-the-art equipment and technologists with advanced training in breast ultrasound. Additionally PINK offers breast ultrasound with elastography for more advanced screenings and cancer detection.
Breast Ultrasound Explained
A breast ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to look inside your body and detect certain cancers, cysts, or masses. An ultrasound technician uses a sound-emitting probe to conduct the test. The sound waves travel through the breast, and then they are converted into images on a screen. The ultrasound exam can demonstrate whether a lump is a solid or a liquid filled mass such as a cyst. Studies have shown that having a breast ultrasound with an annual mammogram can find more small cancers than a mammogram alone.
Elastography is a non-invasive technology projecting ultrasound waves into your breast to characterize cysts vs. masses in the tissue. Cysts are composed of fluid and do not require the same treatment as other masses. If the mass is solid, it will appear stiff compared to surrounding tissue.
When to Get a Breast Ultrasound
Women with dense breast tissue, approximately 40 percent of all women, benefit from breast ultrasound examinations. Dense tissue decreases the sensitivity of mammography, making it difficult for the radiologist to interpret the mammogram accurately. Breast density is not based on the way that your breast feels, but how much connective tissue appears in comparison to the amount of fatty tissue. Connective or dense tissue can appear as a lump that may not be visible on a mammogram. Furthermore, if a woman under the age of 30 has a palpable breast lump, she may receive an ultrasound before a mammogram. In younger women, a mammogram may be hard to interpret because of breast density caused by milk glands.
The New Jersey Breast Cancer Screening Mandate requires insurance companies to cover breast ultrasound screenings for women with dense breast tissue.
Schedule an Appointment
PINK Breast Center offers all types of ultrasound. For more information on general and breast ultrasounds, contact us today.