Ultrasound of the breast does not use X-rays to create diagnostic images of the breast. Instead, this procedure uses reflected sound waves to view and produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast. An ultrasound generally does not replace the need for a mammogram; however, it is often used in conjunction to further evaluate a questionable area seen on a mammogram, or determine whether a breast lump is filled with fluid (a cyst) or is a solid structure.
What you can expect during the breast ultrasound?
Your breast ultrasound will be performed by a specially trained sonographer. You may be asked to change into a gown for the procedure. You will need to remove all jewelry from around your neck. A special gel will be applied to your breast to improve the transmission of the sound waves. The transducer is placed against your breast and moved back and forth. The test usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes but can sometimes take longer. Additional time may be needed if a biopsy is also scheduled. After the examination, a radiologist will review your study and discuss the findings with you.
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