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.