Preferred Imaging Centers provides breast cancer screening exams using ultrasound for women in the Chicago area. Regular breast exams are important for the early detection and prevention of breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month so we put together this article to help women understand what the benefits are from getting a breast cancer screening exam using Ultrasound.
Benefits of an Ultrasound Breast Exam
- Early Detection of Abnormalities: Breast ultrasound can detect abnormalities, including lumps, cysts, and other masses, that may not be apparent through physical examination alone. This early detection is crucial for identifying potential breast health issues.
- Ultrasound is Complementary to Mammography: Ultrasound complements mammography, especially for women with dense breast tissue. Mammography and ultrasound can be used together to increase the chances of detecting breast cancer, even in its early stages.
- No Radiation Exposure: Unlike mammography, breast ultrasound does not involve radiation, making it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women and for repeated use.
- Evaluating Cystic Masses: Ultrasound is particularly effective at distinguishing between solid masses (which may be more concerning) and cystic or fluid-filled masses (often benign), helping to reduce unnecessary anxiety and procedures.
- Guided Biopsies: Ultrasound can guide minimally invasive procedures, such as needle biopsies, by precisely targeting the area of concern. This helps in obtaining tissue samples for diagnostic purposes with greater accuracy.
- Assessing Implants: Ultrasound is useful for evaluating breast implants, identifying issues like implant rupture or leakage, and ensuring the overall health of the breast tissue around the implant.
- Dynamic Imaging: Ultrasound provides real-time, dynamic images of breast tissue, which allows for a better understanding of the structure and characteristics of any identified abnormalities.
- Evaluating Breast Pain and Nipple Discharge: It helps investigate the causes of breast pain or abnormal nipple discharge, often related to benign conditions like cysts or inflammation.
- Monitoring Breast Conditions: Ultrasound is valuable for monitoring changes in breast conditions, such as post-treatment follow-up after breast cancer therapy.
- Comfort and Non-Invasiveness: Breast ultrasound is a comfortable and non-invasive procedure that typically does not require any special preparation, sedation, or contrast dyes.
While breast ultrasound offers these advantages, it is typically used alongside other diagnostic methods, such as a clinical breast examination, to provide a comprehensive assessment of breast health. It is important for individuals to consult with their healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate breast screening and diagnostic methods based on their risk factors and medical history.
Preferred Imaging Centers has multiple locations for Ultrasound breast cancer screenings in and around Chicago and invites you to contact us to schedule your appointment today.
Phone: 773-362 – 5011