A breast ultrasound complements a mammogram and makes it possible to qualify the nature of a lesion observed in order to confirm a diagnosis. It also makes it possible to observe certain breast structures that a mammogram can’t capture.
Breast ultrasound is most often used for:
Determining the nature (liquid or solid) of masses felt during palpation or of an image qualified as abnormal (uncertain) in a mammogram.
Replacing a mammogram for women who are breast-feeding or of child-bearing age (39 years old and under). In those cases, a mammogram is done only at the request of the radiologist.
Replacing a mammogram when it is contraindicated during pregnancy
Visually guiding a physician when taking a tissue sample during a breast biopsy.
Preparing for the Examination
To prepare for the procedure, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown and remove your jewelry and other metal objects, which can interfere with image quality.
A medical prescription is required to perform this examination.
The costs of this examination are covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
If your healthcare professional has prescribed this examination or if you have any questions, contact us at 1-800-463-7674.