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Breast Ultrasound

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Ultrasound is sometimes used along with mammograms to screen certain women, such as those with dense breast tissue. Women at high risk are recommended to have screening done yearly with a mammogram. If a Breast MRI screening is performed, ultrasound screening is not needed.

If further testing is required, our certified breast nurse navigator can help you coordinate the next steps in your care.

Ultrasound is sometimes used along with mammograms to screen certain women, such as those with dense breast tissue. Women at high risk are recommended to have screening done yearly with a mammogram. If a Breast MRI screening (Link to Breast MRI section) is performed, ultrasound screening is not needed.

Ultrasound uses sound waves to look inside you breast. At the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, a specially-trained technician places a small, microphone-like instrument called a transducer lubricated with gel on the skin. It emits sound waves and picks up the echoes as they bounce off body tissues. The echoes are converted into an image on a computer screen and interpreted by a radiologist at Silver Cross. Results will be sent to your referring physician.

This test is painless and does not expose you to radiation.

A physician’s order is required. Schedule an appointment online or call (815) 300-7076.