Breast Ultrasound

Breast ultrasound (in our San Diego locations) 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 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 IHS radiologist and in all cases, is read and interpreted by a board-certified radiologist.

In some cases, patient may undergo ultrasound-guided biopsies of solid or cystic breast nodules. The procedure is very similar to all ultrasound-guided needle biopsy procedures.


For our patients seeking a mammogram in San Diego, Imaging Healthcare provides the best in service and guidence during this procedure. Mammography is a type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray to examine the breasts. This type of exam is used to seek out breast diseases in woman.