Ultrasound examinations have been proven to be an extremely valuable tool in the evaluation of the body from head to toe. Abdominal ultrasound most often is used to evaluate for diseases of the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidneys, appendix and abdominal aorta. Pelvic ultrasound is valuable in the evaluation of the uterus and ovaries. Breast ultrasound is generally used as an adjunct to mammography and other breast diagnostic techniques. It is not a screening exam for breast cancer, but instead is usually used to determine if a palpable nodule or nodule seen on mammograms is a cyst or solid nodule. Ultrasound is often also used to assess lumps in women under 30 years old or breast feeding women who are not candidates for mammography.

Ultrasound is Frequently Used to Guide Biopsies

Ultrasound is a painless test that uses sound waves to create medical images. The patient lies on a comfortable exam table and a hand held device is used by a certified technologist to evaluate the area of interest. The exam may also be conducted by your radiologist and in all cases, is read and interpreted by a board-certified radiologist.