About Doppler Ultrasound

Doppler Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the internal organs and vessels. This method allows the diagnosis of many pathological cases without using invasive methods. Doppler ultrasound is also used in monitoring problems in the area of the breast, with increased efficiency. Breast ultrasound – it can be performed at any age, and is the first choice before 30-35 years, due to the increased density of the mammary tissue, but also after this age, when the adipose (fatty) tissue is predominant. In this case, the ultrasound investigation successfully manages to provide a differential diagnosis between the solid (tumour) masses and the cystic formations.​

The ultrasound investigation lasts between 15-45 minutes, depending on the volume of the breast, the complexity and number of lesions identified. It is executed with a special high-frequency transductor (US probe).​

In case of high-performance devices, with 3D-4D software, the volume of the lesion is calculated, and this allows to monitor in time the effects of the therapy on the lesion.​

The method can be used as a screening examination in case of people with family history of breast cancer, being a well-known fact this type of cancer is transmitted to the descendants on descendent maternal line. This requires early investigations of the breast, starting with the age of 25 years.​

The ultrasound examination supplements, and does not exclude other types of imaging investigations – mammography / magnetic resonance / mammary scintigraphy. It can verify suspicions occurred in other cases, being a method that can be repeated over time and providing the benefit of low costs.

The ultrasound examination

  • Is a non-irradiating method, that can be used for pregnant women and children/teenagers
  • Is easy, fast, and accessible
  • Allows the guidance of invasive procedures – puncture – mammary and evacuation biopsy – for therapeutic purposes
  • By using the Doppler Color and Power Doppler examination, it is possible to diagnose intensely vascularised structures (such as tumours)
  • Provides the possibility to examine the posterior region of the breast, which is typically difficult to examine by mammography.

Advantages of Ultrasound examination

  • It can be used for patients with anxiety;
  • It can be used in inflammatory disorders – when the correct compression of the breast cannot be performed during mammography;
  • Lactating breast can be examined;
  • Breasts with mammary implants (silicone) can be examined.

Doppler Ultrasound Medical Team - Neolife Bucharest