Occasionally, an ultrasound exam may be temporarily uncomfortable, but it is almost never painful.
Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging methods.
Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation.
Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.
Ultrasound imaging can help detect lesions in women with dense breasts.
Ultrasound may help detect and classify a breast lesion that cannot be interpreted adequately through mammography alone.
Using ultrasound, physicians are able to determine that many areas of clinical concern are due to normal tissue or benign cysts.
A breast ultrasound examhas no known harmful effects on humans.
Interpretation of a breast ultrasound examination may lead to additional procedures such as follow-up ultrasound or biopsy. Many of the areas thought to be of concern only on ultrasound turn out to be non-cancerous.