Ultrasound imaging of the breast uses sound waves to produce pictures of
the internal structures of the breast. It is primarily used to help diagnose
breast lumps or other abnormalities your doctor may have found during
a physical exam, mammogram or breast MRI. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive
and does not use radiation.
You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a gown during
How to prepare:
- Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or on your
breasts on the day of the exam.
- Dress comfortably in clothes easy to remove from the waist up.
- An onsite radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and
interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed
report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the
results with you.
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment time to register and complete necessary
What to expect:
- Most ultrasound exams are painless, fast and easily tolerated.
- Breast ultrasound is usually completed within 30 minutes.
- If a Doppler ultrasound study is performed, you may actually hear pulse-like
sounds that change in pitch as the blood flow is monitored and measured.
- Results will be sent to the referring physician within 24-48 hours.