What is breast ultrasound?
A breast ultrasound is a tool
used to image the breast that uses high frequency
sound waves. A computer picks up the sound wave
echoes and produces an image on the computer screen.
Ultrasound does not use radiation.
When is breast ultrasound
Ultrasound is used to get more
information about a specific area of concern indicated
by a mammogram or physical examination. Ultrasound
is very useful to distinguish whether a lump is
solid or fluid-filled. If the lump is filled with
fluid, the sound waves will pass through it; however
if it is solid, the sound waves bounce back and
produce an image. Ultrasound is widely used with
mammography. It can help interpret the mammogram
by distinguishing differences in the density of
How is an ultrasound performed?
You will be asked to undress
from the waist up. A gown will be provided for
your privacy. After you get comfortable on the
exam room table, a clear gel is placed on your
breast. The individual performing the ultrasound
(technologist, physician, surgeon, or nurse practitioner)
will slide a hand-held scanner, called a transducer,
along your skin to get good images of the breast
tissue, especially in the area of concern.
How long will the ultrasound
A breast ultrasound usually
takes 15 – 30 minutes.
Does an ultrasound hurt?
The ultrasound procedure does
not hurt. You may feel some pressure in the area
where the transducer is located, and if your breasts
are sensitive this may cause some tenderness.
How will I get my results?
If the doctor is doing your
ultrasound, you will get your results at the same
time as your visit. If a technologist is doing
the exam, you will usually get your results the
same day after they are reviewed by the doctor.
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