Breast cancer image on ultrasound

Breast cancer image on ultrasound

Breast cancer image on ultrasound

Breast cancer image on ultrasound is an imaging technique that is used for screening tumors and masses that present in the breast.

You may ask about breast cancer ultrasound, how can you notice it? How breast ultrasound is performed? that’s what we are going to discuss in details.

How breast ultrasound is performed?

Before we show you breast cancer image on ultrasound, you should know how it works:

  • Ultrasound uses high-frequency waves produced by a transducer to make an image with details about the inside of the breast.
  • Before ultrasound, you should avoid using any lotions, creams, powder or any other cosmetics on your breast (this can interfere with the ultrasound)
  • A doctor will ask you take off your upper clothes including your bra and wearing hospital gown.
  • A sonographer will put a lubricating gel over your breast as it makes the probe to slide easier over the skin and in turn it can give clear pictures for the inside of the breast.
  • You may feel a slight pressure while the sonographer moves the probe over the skin, but don’t worry it’s not painful.
  • Once images are taken, doctor will clean off the gel, then you can dress.

Breast cancer image on ultrasound

Breast cancer on ultrasound is not specific for breast cancer, but the same view can occur with benign tumors as well.

As in ultrasound screening pictures appear in black and white,

Breast masses appear like a dark spot on the scan including breast cancer but you shouldn’t worry as four out of five breast masses are benign.

Distinguishing between benign and malignant breast tumors

  • Laboratory investigations

After doing ultrasonography and the doctor suspect that a breast cancer image on ultrasound revealed, he will do an ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy to have a sample of the tissue or fluid present in the mass for laboratory diagnosis.

  • Power doppler and vocal fremitus

A doctor will get the patient say “ahh” or “99” very loud and detect the center of the lesion:

  • Benign lesions as fat lobules can’t get power doppler in the centre of the lesion while malignant can get it.

But this test is not useful in superficial lesions or large breasts.

Why the breast ultrasound?

Breast cancer image on ultrasound
  • If a suspicious lump present in your breast, doctor will ask for breast ultrasound to determine if it’s a solid of a fluid-filled cyst.
  • It can detect lumps you are feeling but can not be detected by the mammogram.
  • It allows doctors to know the size, shape and location the mass so they can guess if  a breast cancer image on ultrasound presents and take the required medical steps.

Conclusion

  • You shouldn’t put any cosmetics on your breast before performing ultrasound.
  • Breast cancer image on ultrasound resembles benign tumor so a laboratory investigation may be required to make sure if it’s a cancer or not.
  • Four out of five breast masses are benign (not malignant).
  • Ultrasound is used to differentiate between solid tumors and fluid-filled cysts.
  • Ultrasound is better than mammogram as it can detect lumps that mammogram can’t detect.
  • You should always check your breast by yourself to detect any mass could present early.

Sources

healthline

radiopedia

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