Breast ultrasound is a typically painless medical test that uses reflected sound waves for further evaluation of a breast abnormality or a specific area detected during a mammogram. Ultrasound can locate and measure abnormalities or changes to determine if a breast lump is solid or filled with fluid. Ultrasound can also be used to guide breast interventional procedures.
Preparing for a Breast Ultrasound
- Wear a blouse or top that will be easy to remove for the exam.
- Inform your doctor about illnesses or other medical conditions.
- Please tell your technologist if you have breast implants.
What to Expect During a Breast Ultrasound
The ultrasound machine does not confine, enclose, surround or rotate around your body. Your breast will be gently scanned by moving a transducer across your breast with gel. The gel creates a secure contact to eliminate air pockets between your skin and the transducer. This exam is not generally painful.
A radiologist will review your exam images and report the findings to your doctor. Your doctor will then discuss the findings and next steps with you.