Breast ultrasound is not a screening test. It is a noninvasive technology used for examining areas of your breast that your doctor still has questions about after a mammogram and clinical breast exam. An ultrasound test may be useful if your mammogram shows an indistinct mass, or if you can easily feel a lump or during a clinical breast exam. Breast ultrasound helps us determine if the lump is solid or filled with fluid. We may also order a breast ultrasound if you have dense breast tissue or your mammogram does not show enough detail. Breast ultrasound does not replace mammography. We still need mammogram images to evaluate the entire breast.
How Should You Prepare for Breast Ultrasound?
Wear a two-piece outfit so you can easily remove your top and bra for the exam. You will be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.
What to Expect During Your Breast Ultrasound
After check-in, you will be escorted to a private dressing room where you will undress from your waist up and change into a gown that opens in the front. Your exam will be performed by a mammography-certified, female technologist who will ask you questions to better understand your history and any problems you may have. Once you are in the exam room and lying down on the table, the sonographer will use a small handheld unit called a transducer, which she gently passes back and forth over the area being examined. After your test, you may dress and resume your usual activities
Ob/Gyn Ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sound waves to visualize and evaluate the condition of a pregnant woman and her embryo or fetus. In virtually every way, Ob/Gyn ultrasound is like other types of ultrasound. Preparation and expectations are the same.