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Breast Ultrasound

To reach Sonnenalp Breast Imaging in Edwards, call (970) 569-7690.
To reach the Breast Imaging Clinic in Dillon, call (970) 668-6400

Breast ultrasound is a breast imaging examination that uses soundwaves to take further images of the breast for breast cancer diagnosis. The sonographer places warm gel on the area to be scanned and uses an ultrasound transducer (probe) to image the area(s) of interest. Ultrasound imaging is not painful. The breast radiologist reviews the patient's images and may need to rescan the area(s), and will then review the results with the patient. Breast ultrasound complements mammography and other breast imaging techniques, but does not replace mammography.
Invenia ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System) 
Shaw Cancer Center uses the FDA-approved Invenia ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System) which improves cancer detection by 35% over mammography in women with dense breasts. It looks at dense breasts differently to find cancer that mammography may not see. Ultrasound is a non-invasive and expedient way to look inside the body at organs and soft tissue. There is no exposure to ionizing radiation. Instead, ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create a detailed image of the organ or tissue being examined.  

A ductogram (also called galactography) is a special breast imaging test that requires contrast material to be introduced into the ducts of the breast. This is a mildly uncomfortable test, which may be recommended for women with nipple discharge. A cannula is inserted into the nipple, and the contrast material (dye) is injected into the breast. X-ray images are taken after the contrast material is injected, thus enabling the ducts and anatomy of the breast, with any abnormities, to be seen. If the test is unsuccessful, a breast MRI or a surgical excision may be recommended. A ductogram takes about 1 to 1½ hours and can be scheduled at Sonnenalp Breast Center in Edwards.   

When is a Breast Ultrasound recommended?
  • Women who have dense breasts
  • Women or men who have a lump or thickening in the breast
  • Women with nipple discharge or breast pain
  • Women who have breast implants
  • Women who are pregnant and should not be exposed to X-ray and have breast symptoms
  • Those with any other breast signs and symptoms