Ultrasound imaging involves exposing parts of the body to high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body.The primary use of breast ultrasound is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected by a physician during a physical exam (such as a lump or bloody or spontaneous clear nipple discharge) and to characterize potential abnormalities seen on mammography.
Ultrasound imaging can help to determine if an abnormality is solid (which may be a non-cancerous lump of tissue or a cancerous tumor) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst) or both cystic and solid. Ultrasound can also help show additional features of the abnormal area.
The ultrasound examination is painless, fast and easy and usually completed within 30 minutes. After you are positioned on the examination table, the radiologist or sonographer will apply some warm water-based gel on your skin and then place the transducer firmly against your body, moving it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured. There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined.
You may be asked to change positions during the exam. Once the imaging is complete, the gel will be wiped off your skin. After an ultrasound exam, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
If you have any questions regarding your procedure, please feel free to call our Nurse Navigator, Linda Walton @443-436-1046.