We offer ultrasound imaging for evaluation and diagnosis of breast disease.
What is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound, or sonogram, uses painless, high-frequency sound waves to allow doctors to examine organs and tissues. Ultrasounds can be performed on different types of the body such as the abdomen, breast, pelvis, head and more. Similar to sonar or radar, the waves reflect back to create an image of the organ or other structure being examined. Unlike an X-ray, an ultrasound does not require any exposure to radiation. Doppler ultrasound can measure the speed and other characteristics of blood flow. Duplex ultrasound combines both traditional ultrasound and Doppler ultrasound.
Our breast ultrasound laboratory is accredited by the American Society of Breast Surgeons. We use breast ultrasound to diagnose tumors, cysts or inflammation. Breast ultrasound may be used along with surgical biopsy.
What to Expect
Depending on which body part is being examined, you may be asked to remove your clothes and be given a gown to wear. During the test, you will sit or lie on an examining table. The technologist will spread a clear, water-based gel over the area to be tested, and then slide a wand, called a transducer, over the spot. You will remain still during the exam. You may be asked to change position or hold your breath.
How to Prepare
Most ultrasounds don’t require any special preparation.
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