Mercy Breast Clinic
Private Service, Breast, Radiology
A breast ultrasound allows specialists to dig a little deeper. Sometimes a mammogram, a physical exam or an MRI may show signs of breast abnormalities that require further investigation. Some patients may also have especially dense breast tissue, in both cases, an ultrasound is the next port of call.
What to Expect
Our ultrasound machine uses harmless high-frequency sound waves to produce sharp, high-contrast images of the internal breast structure. This allows us to distinguish between benign (non-cancerous) lesions and malignant (cancerous) growths. Ultrasound is a very safe type of imaging which is why it is used during pregnancy. After you lie down on the ultrasound bed, the Radiologist or Sonographer will spread a water-based jelly on your skin over the area to be examined. The ultrasound probe is then placed on the jelly, which is a sound conductor, to obtain the pictures. You will be completely unaware of the sound waves produced by the probe.