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Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast. The primary use of breast ultrasound is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected by the woman or her doctor and to characterize potential abnormalities seen on mammography. A breast ultrasound is used to help determine whether a breast lump is filled with fluid (such as a cyst) or solid. An ultrasound does not replace the need for a mammogram, but it is often used in certain circumstances to image specific areas of the breast.

What to Expect During the Procedure

The breast ultrasound is performed by a sonographer – a technologist trained in ultrasound imaging. You will lie on your back with your arm raised above your head on the examining table. The sonographer presses the transducer firmly against the skin, moving it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured. Typically there is no pain involved, but due to the amount of pressure it may be uncomfortable.

How Should I Prepare?

There are no pre-procedure preparations for this scan.

What to Expect After the Procedure

Upon completion, patients may resume normal activities. A radiologist will analyze the images taken by the sonographer. Reports will be sent to your physician with 5 business days. You may contact your physician for any information pertaining to the findings.