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Breast Ultrasound

A Breast Ultrasound produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast through the use of high frequency sound waves that are displayed in a real time image.

Your doctor may recommend a Breast Ultrasound:

  • To determine the nature of a breast abnormality
  • For supplemental breast cancer screening
  • Detect changes in appearances of organs, tissues and vessels
  • Detect abnormal masses, such as tumors

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined. You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure. Other preparation depends on the type of examination you will have.

Ultrasound scanners consist of a console containing a computer and electronics, a video display screen and an ultrasound probe that is used to scan the body and blood vessels. The ultrasound probe sends out high frequency sound waves into the body and then listens for the returning echoes from the tissues in the body. The ultrasound image is immediately visible on a nearby screen.

You will be asked to lie on a comfortable table while the technologist performs the examination. A hand held device called an Ultrasound probe will be moved several times over the surface of your skin in the area of interest after a liquid gel is placed on the probe and/or your skin. The Ultrasound machine uses sound waves to obtain medical images of various organs and tissues in the body. It is a painless and safe procedure with a typical duration of 30 minutes.

Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood velocity as it flows through a blood vessel, including the body's major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck. During a breast ultrasound examination the sonographer or physician performing the test may use Doppler techniques to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in any breast mass. In some cases this may provide additional information as to the cause of the mass.

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One of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine.

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