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Breast Ultrasound

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, non-invasive, and does not use radiation. You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a gown during the procedure.

How to Prepare for a Breast Ultrasound

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 paperwork.

What to Expect During a Breast Ultrasound

Most ultrasound exams are painless, fast, and easily tolerated. Breast ultrasounds are 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 to 48 hours.