Breast Ultrasound and ABUS in Lakeland, FL

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 at Women’s Imaging Center in Lakeland, Florida 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. To schedule your breast ultrasound, call 863-688-2334.

When would I need a breast ultrasound?

If you have an abnormal mammogram, you may be recommended for a breast ultrasound. Breast ultrasound may also be an option for women with implants, women who are pregnant, or women who are unable or unwilling to have a breast MRI. Click here to take a breast cancer risk assessment »

Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)

An excellent supplemental screening option for women with dense breasts

Women who undergo routine mammograms at Women’s Imaging Center have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them. Automated whole breast ultrasound (ABUS) is safe, effective and inexpensive. For women with dense breasts, it can help detect more cancers— and smaller cancers— than mammography alone. Ultrasound has been used effectively in breast cancer diagnoses for years. This exam is separate from your screening mammogram and uses the same ultrasound technology that is used for diagnostic procedures. Our sonographer/ mammographer will scan and record the images and our radiologist will review and interpret those images.

Clinical studies have shown that ultrasound screening significantly increases the ability to find smaller, earlier stage cancers before they spread to the lymph nodes. These studies have demonstrated that, when combined with mammography, automated whole breast ultrasound screening effectively doubles the detection rate of breast cancer.

In addition, ultrasound is comfortable, convenient, and does not expose you to any additional radiation. We offer automated whole breast ultrasound at our Lakeland, Florida office. Please call 863-688-2334 to learn more or schedule.

Is ABUS right for me?

This supplemental examination to mammography is ideal for women who have dense breast tissue as determined by your most recent mammogram. It is safe for women with breast implants, as well as women who are pregnant, may be pregnant or who are nursing. A prescription from your physician is required for this exam.

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.

Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy. An ABUS screening is unlike a mammogram. Ultrasound examinations usually take less than 30 minutes. You will lie on your back on an examining table. Our caring radiology 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.

Insurance usually covers preventive care examinations. You may wish to check with your provider to see if they will reimburse you for this procedure. If they do, we are happy to provide you with the necessary documentation required for submission.

Fortunately, this is a relatively inexpensive screening and is affordable to have on an annual basis. If you’re interested, just ask our front desk for more information, including the cost of the exam.

Contact Women’s Imaging Center

To learn more about ABUS, please ask your doctor if this is right for you. If you need referral assistance please contact us. To schedule your appointment for breast ultrasound or ABUS, please call 863-688-2334. The Women’s Imaging Center is located in Lakeland, Florida and we serve patients throughout Central Florida.

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