What is Breast Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a painless and safe test using high frequency sound
waves to view the breast. This method can distinguish between lumps
that are solid and cysts filled with fluid. No x-ray or radiation is
How to Prepare
If you have had a mammogram, please bring your films. The radiologist
needs to review these to make sure the area of concern seen on the
mammogram is adequately seen with the ultrasound exam. There is no
special preparation for this exam. You will undress from the waist up,
so wear a two-piece outfit on the day of your ultrasound.
What to Expect
During the ultrasound you will lie on your back. Gel will be placed on
your skin to help the transducer (scanner) slide across your skin and
improve the image. The procedure takes from 10 to 30 minutes.
Your doctor will have the results of your ultrasound within three to
four days. Call your doctor if you have not received the results.