Ultrasound - Breasts

This test uses sound waves to create detailed images of the structures in the breast.

This test uses sound waves to create detailed images of the structures in the breast.

A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to create detailed images of the structures in the breast. Your healthcare provider may order this test to follow up on symptoms or abnormal findings on a breast exam or mammogram.

Although there is no special preparation for an ultrasound of the breast, there are some things you should know.

  • Do not use any lotions, powders, or deodorant on your breasts or underarms on the day of the exam.
  • You may want to wear a two-piece outfit so you can remove just the top for the exam.
  • During the test, a technician will move a probe over your breast(s). The probe will be covered with a clear gel that helps send the sound waves to the computer.
  • Ultrasound is usually painless. You may have some discomfort during the test if your breast is swollen or tender.
  • The test usually takes about 30 minutes.
  • The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • Why are you ordering this test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, why do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Ultrasound - Breast
Sonogram of Breast
Breast Ultrasound
Breast Sonogram

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