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What is a breast ultrasound?

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Ultrasound is a painless procedure that uses sound waves to make images of the inside of your body. The sound waves bounce off surfaces in your body, and the "echoes" are recorded and transformed into video or photographs.

It’s often used with mammography to tell whether a lump in a breast is a cyst (a fluid-filled sac) or a solid mass, which might be cancer. Ultrasound can also help pinpoint the position of a tumor. This helps the doctor know the exact place to insert a needle during a biopsy.

From: Breast Cancer and Breast Ultrasound WebMD Medical Reference

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RadiologyInfo.org: "Breast Ultrasound."

American Cancer Society: “Breast ultrasound.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Breast Ultrasound.”

Healthline: ”Breast Ultrasound.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2017

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RadiologyInfo.org: "Breast Ultrasound."

American Cancer Society: “Breast ultrasound.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Breast Ultrasound.”

Healthline: ”Breast Ultrasound.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2017

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