Breast ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and specialized software to produce real-time images of the breast tissues. Ultrasound does not expose the patient to radiation and is considered one of the safest types of medical imaging with no known adverse effects.
Why Breast Ultrasound is Performed
Breast ultrasound is usually used as a diagnostic test to evaluate a specific area of the breast. If you’ve recently had a mammogram, your physician may refer you for an ultrasound to evaluate a particular area more closely. Ultrasound can help doctors to distinguish between a fluid-filled cyst and a solid mass. A breast ultrasound may also be performed as a secondary screening exam for women with very dense breast tissue.
How to Prepare for Your Breast Ultrasound
- You may eat, drink and take medications as you normally would
- Dress in loose comfortable clothing and wear a 2 piece outfit so you can remove just the top
- Do not apply any lotions or powder to your breast area on the day of your appointment
- Your doctor may give you additional directions based on your specific exam
What to Expect During Your Breast Ultrasound
You will be asked to undress and remove any jewelry from the waist up. You will be given a gown to wear. You will lie on your back or side on the exam table. The ultrasound technologist will apply a special gel to your breast. A small handheld device called a transducer is placed over the gel onto the breast. The transducer sends out sound waves that travel through the body, bounce off the structures in the breast, and return to the transducer. An advanced software program processes this information and creates real-time images of the inside of the breast. The entire exam usually lasts about 30 minutes. You may resume normal activities right away.
Breast Ultrasound Results
After your breast ultrasound scan, the radiologist will review your images and talk with you about your results. An finalized report will be sent to your referring physician within a few days.
Breast Ultrasound at The Breast Center of Maple Grove
If you have a referral for a breast ultrasound, choose the Breast Center of Maple Grove. Our caring team provides expert ultrasound interpretations in a relaxing and comfortable environment. Call 763-398-6370 to learn more or schedule your appointment.