Ultrasound Studies

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation (x-ray) is involved in ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and bladder. At the Women’s Imaging Center we offer breast ultrasound. Breast ultrasounds are usually performed in conjunction with a diagnostic mammogram or separately. In some cases it is not possible to tell from the imaging studies alone whether a growth is benign or cancerous.

Acuson S2000 Ultrasound Machine

Preparation and Special Instructions

You should wear a loose-fitting two piece outfit for the examination. You may eat or drink the day of the exam. No talcum powder, perfume or deodorant under your arms and breast area the day of your exam.

What to expect

Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy. Ultrasound examinations usually take less than 30 minutes. You will lie on your back on an examining table. The technologist or doctor will apply warm gel on your skin and press the transducer firmly against your breast or breasts, moving it until the desired images are captured. There may be varying degrees of discomfort from pressure as the technologist guides the transducer over the breast being imaged.