What is Ultrasound Imaging of the Breast?
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel to expose the body to high-Frequency sound waves. Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound examinations do not use Ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, As well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
During a breast ultrasound examination the sonographer or physician performing the test may use Doppler techniques to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in any Breast mass. In some cases this may provide additional information as to the cause of the mass.
Why should I do it?
The primary use of breast ultrasound today 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 or breast MRI.
Doppler ultrasound is used to assess blood supply in breast lesions.
Any preparations needed?
You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a gown during the procedure.