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Evaluation and Diagnosis
Ultrasound

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 used?
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 breast tissues.

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 take?
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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