Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues and organs.
Breast Ultrasound is a typically painless medical test that uses reflected sound waves for further evaluation of a breast abnormality or a specific area seen on mammography. Ultrasound can locate and measure abnormalities or changes to determine if a breast lump is solid or filled with fluid. Ultrasound can also be used to guide breast interventional procedures.
Your health care provider will be able to give you additional details about these exams, but a general idea of what to expect is provided below.
You should wear a blouse or top that is easy to remove for the exam.
You will also need to notify your technologist if you have breast implants.
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 probe. 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.