An ultrasound scan uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the breast using a small transducer which is rubbed over the skin with some gel. An ultrasound allows “real time” imaging of the breast – moving images. There are no known harmful side effects.
Having a Breast Ultrasound
A female sonographer will perform your examination in a darkened room so that she can see the images clearly on the screen. You will be asked to change into a gown and lie on the ultrasound table. Gel is spread over the skin and a transducer gently rubbed over the breast to take a series of pictures. The gel will not stain your clothing.
After the examination is complete, the sonographer will discuss your images with the radiologist. The radiologist may then come into the room to check the findings and in most cases will be able to tell you the result of your scan after that.
Some scans find changes that will require biopsy and in most cases we will be able to discuss this with you and perform the biopsy at the same time.
Most breast ultrasound is completed within 15-20 minutes.
Our radiologist will send a report to your referring Doctor.