In This Page:
- Need to Know
- Nice to Know
- Why is This Exam Done?
- What Will Happen During the Exam?
- How Should I Prepare?
- What are the Benefits and Risks?
- Where Can I Get This Exam?
Breast Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the internal structure of the breasts that helps physicians diagnose and treat breast disease.
Unlike mammography, ultrasound exams do not use radiation. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show blood flow as well as the structure and movement of internal organs.
Need to Know
Nice to Know
Why is This Exam Done?
Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound
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) and to specify potential abnormalities seen on a mammogram
Screening Breast Ultrasound
Screening breast ultrasounds are performed as an adjunct to mammography. While mammography is still the gold standard for early detection of breast cancer, screening breast ultrasound may improve the chances of detecting cancer in those with dense breast tissue or implants.
What Will Happen During the Exam?
Our experienced and caring sonographers who will be performing your exam are specifically accredited in Ultrasound, and have been trained on our state of the art equipment.
Traditional Breast Ultrasound
The sonographer will request that you lay quietly during the test to help ensure that the images are clear. She will then apply a special gel directly on the skin above the area to be examined to increase sound wave conduction and reception. The sonographer will then press the transducer against your skin and may move the transducer back and forth to get clear images of the underlying blood vessels and structures.
The exam typically lasts for 30 minutes.
How Should I Prepare?
What Are the Benefits and Risks?
The benefits of Breast Ultrasound:
- Ultrasound images are shown in real-time as they happen
- Ultrasound imaging can help detect lesions in women with dense breasts
- The structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels are able to be seen and recorded
- The exam is painless and non-invasive
- No radiation is used
Risks you should be aware of:
- There are no known risks for ultrasound
Where Can I Get This Exam?
We perform breast ultrasound at nine of our office locations: