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Ultrasound Breast

Ultrasound imaging of the breast uses safe and painless sound waves to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast.

What to Bring

  • Your physician order (your physician may have already sent this to us)
  • Personal ID
  • Insurance Card

How to Prepare

  • If you have a specific concern with your breast, you should inform the technologist.
  • If you wear an on-body device (insulin pump, insulin regulators, Neulasta, other chemo/insulin devices, etc), you must inform your x-ray technologist. Some of these devices cannot be in the room during the exam.
  • No risks are associated with a breast ultrasound. Unlike X-rays, radiation is not involved with this test.

What to Expect

  • You may be asked to remove clothes and to wear a gown during your exam.
  • The room is usually dark so the images can be seen clearly on the computer screen.
  • During the exam you will be asked to lie on a table.
  • Warm gel will be placed on the breast area. This will help with the transmission of the sound waves.
  • You may feel slight pressure on the breast as the transducer is moved. You may be asked to lie in different positions or hold your breast briefly as images are obtained.
  • Please allow 45 minutes from registration to completion of test.

Getting the Results

A radiologist (a doctor who is specially trained in reading and interpreting diagnostic and ultrasound images) will interpret the ultrasound results and send the information to your provider.