Breast Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the breast structure and tissues. A breast ultrasound exam evaluates the internal structure of the breasts to help physicians diagnose breast abnormalities and treat breast disease.
Why is this exam done?
Diagnostic breast ultrasounds are performed to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected by a physician during a physical examination (such as a lump or nipple discharge), or to better evaluate a potential abnormality detected on a mammogram. The exam is painless, non-invasive, and radiation-free. There are no known side effects to ultrasound.
What Will Happen During the Exam?
The sonographer will request that you lay quietly during the test to help ensure that the images are clear. She will then apply a warm, water based gel directly on the skin to the area that will be examined. The sonographer will then move the transducer against your skin to obtain clear images of the underlying tissue for the physician to interpret. A transducer/probe and ultrasound gel work in combination to absorb the reflected sound waves to produce images on the monitor.
How Should I Prepare?
You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a robe during the exam.
After your exam:
- Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified breast imaging radiologists.
- The results will be given to the patient by the radiologist after your exam before you leave our office.