If you are a woman under 50 and you are high risk, or if you are referred to the breast clinic, you will most likely have an ultrasound scan. Ultrasound is painless. It is a good scan for looking at young breast tissue. That’s because young breast tissue is denser than breast tissue in older people. For the ultrasound, you will be asked to undress to the waist and sit or lie down on a couch. The doctor will put some clear gel on your breast and armpit, and then move the handheld scanner all over that area. Ultrasound is safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you can still be referred to the breast clinic for tests if you need to be.
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This information was published in April 2021. It will be revised in April 2024.