Most deformable models require the initial contour to be placed close to the boundary of the object of interest for boundary extraction of ultrasound (US) images, which is impractical in many clinical applications. To allow a distant initial contour, a new dual-snake model promising high penetrability through the interference of the noises is proposed in this paper. The proposed dual-snake model features a new far-reaching external force, called the discrete gradient flow, a connected component-weighted image force, and an effective stability evaluation of two underlying snakes. The experimental results show that, with a distant initial contour, the mean distance from the derived boundary to the desired boundary is less than 1.4 pixels, and most snake elements are within 2.7 pixels of the desired boundaries for the synthetic images with CNR ≥ 1. For the clinical US images, the mean distance is less than 1.9 pixels, and most snake elements are within 3 pixels of the desired boundaries.