Breast ultrasound

Ultrasound of the mammary glands

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Basic information

An ultrasound is of paramount importance for examining the state of the mammary glands. Along with visual examination and palpation, ultrasound of the mammary glands is a mandatory measure in a comprehensive examination. The technique is especially informative for young patients.

It should be taken into account that breast cancer, which ranks first among other pathologies in women, should be diagnosed at an early stage. There are more chances for a successful recovery if the disease is detected as early as possible.

When and why should breast ultrasound be done?

If a woman experiences pain or finds a suspicious lump in the chest area, it is important to consult with the doctor urgently. In addition, everyone who is in the age group of thirty should be checked every year prophylactically.

When to do an the breast ultrasound:

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  • In case of pain
  • Fluid secretion
  • Changing the shape, size of the breast
  • If a woman is planning a pregnancy
  • For the purpose of diagnosing neoplasms, cysts
  • For analysis after injuries, bruises, diseases
  • In case of increase in axillary lymph nodes
  • To assess the condition of the prostheses after breast augmentation surgery

The procedure allows you to assess the structure of tissues, to view the presence of cysts and formations. Also, the doctor can do a puncture for a histological examination.

The technique is used even to clarify the diagnosis obtained through mammography. Some pathological processes are difficult to recognize and in such situations, MRI or ultrasound is indicated. The last one has a huge range of advantages. This is an absolutely painless procedure, characterized by an affordable cost, practically having no contraindications, and at the same time giving a clear understanding of the state of the mammary glands.

On what day of the cycle is the study being conducted?

Manipulation is best done at the beginning of the cycle on the 5-12th day. During this period the hormonal background of a woman is most stable. If you are taking birth control pills, or are in a state of menopause, then the period of the procedure is not important.

If you find suspicious neoplasms, do not wait and make an appointment for the examination urgently.

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Procedure and results

Manipulation does not require any special preparation. The patient undresses to the waist, takes a horizontal position on the back. The doctor applies the gel to the ultrasound transducer and all parts of the chest area, as well as the armpits and the current zone, are carefully examined by successive movement from the periphery to the center of the gland in a circle. The picture is displayed on the screen. The procedure takes 20-30 minutes and does not cause any inconvenience.


There are certain age standards for the structure of the mammary glands, the width of their ducts, the characteristics of the lymph nodes, which are compared with the indicators of the norm. If something is wrong, the doctor indicates this and makes further recommendations based on the situation.

In some cases, a re-examination may be prescribed. This is relevant when it is necessary to clarify the controversial results of the examination or to track the dynamics of the disease and the effectiveness of treatment.

Breast ultrasound or mammography: which is better?

Both techniques are effective and informative. Most patients do not know what the difference is between them. However, these are two radically different procedures.

So, mammography is an X-ray diagnostic technique, and ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. The last one is more gentle and harmless to health. If a woman is breastfeeding or carrying a child, then mammography is prescribed to her with extreme caution.

New devices provide high quality results. The mammography evaluates the tissues, and the ultrasound can also evaluate the lymph nodes. Ultrasound is effective in detecting changes that are difficult to see. As for mammography, it is more suitable for assessing intraductal neoplasms.

Since the two methods complement each other, the question of which is better is not right. The chances of detecting cancer at an early stage are significantly increased when these procedures are carried out in combination.

Contraindications for ultrasound

These may be exclusively local features. For example, if there is a wound in the chest area in the stage of inflammation or exacerbation, it is recommended to wait for complete healing. It usually takes no more than 7 days.

By contacting the IVMED clinic, you will receive reliable results and will be able to make an appointment with a doctor to draw up a further treatment plan. We will select the right time for the ultrasound of the mammary glands, taking into account the day of your cycle.

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Team of doctors

Sylaiev Vadym Ihorovych

Obstetrician-gynecologist of the IVMED Clinic
Clinical practice since 2018

Nikitina Anastasiia Serhiivna

Medical Director of the clinic IVMED Zhytomyr, obstetrician-gynecologist of the highest category
clinical practice since 2010

Strelko Halyna Volodymyrivna

chief physician, obstetrician-gynecologist of the highest category, doctor of medical sciences, reproductologist
Medical practice since 2004