Typically, breast ultrasound is a painless test that uses reflected sound waves to enable us further evaluate a breast abnormality or a specific area detected during a mammogram. With ultrasound, we can locate and measure abnormalities or changes to determine if a breast lump is solid or fluid-filled. Ultrasound can also be used to guide breast interventional procedures, such as needle localization, during breast biopsies and removal of fluid from a cyst.
You should wear a blouse or top that will be easy to remove for the exam.
You will be asked to complete a series of questions about your medical history and breast health.
You will also need to notify your technologist if you have breast implants.
The Ultrasound machine does not confine, enclose, surround or rotate around your body. Your breast will be gently scanned by moving a transducer across your breast with gel. The gel creates a secure contact to eliminate air pockets between your skin and the transducer. It is not generally painful.
When your exam is complete you may leave and resume your regular activities.
A radiologist will review your exam images and report the findings to your doctor. Also, a result letter will be mailed to you.