What do we check for on a breast ultrasound scan?
The ultrasound scan requires no specific preparation. Ultrasound is a good way of visualising breast tissue especially when a lump is found or if the breast is generally tender.
The breast ultrasound scan will:
- Evaluate the size, shape and origin of a palpable lump or swelling
- Assess the cause of tenderness
Common problems which can show on the breast ultrasound scan are:
- Fibroadenoma / cyst to distinguish between solid and cystic lesions
- Ruptured implant
- Lumps and bumps
Common reasons for breast scan referral include:
- Specific area swelling
- Tender or non-tender lump
- Implant check
The Department of health have issued the following advice, from NHS and plastic surgery experts, ?women with PiP breast implants do not need to have them removed unless they have symptoms such as pain and tenderness. There is no link to cancer and there is no clear evidence of an increased risk of harm compared to other brands of breast implants, Speak to your specialist or GP, if you had them done on the NHS, or your clinic if you had?them done privately. Agree what?s best for you. Get advice on whether or not you need a scan, then discuss?appropriate action with your doctor?.