What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is like ordinary sound except it has a frequency (or pitch) higher than human beings can hear. An ultrasound machine uses sound waves to obtain a picture of organs and tissues in the body.
Is Ultrasound Safe?
Yes, it is a painless and safe procedure, no radiation involved.
Why do I Need a Breast Ultrasound?
If the knowledge obtained from a physical breast exam is incomplete a breast ultrasound may be needed. In conjunction with a physical exam and/or a mammogram a breast ultrasound can help identify any lumps found in the breast.
Before the Breast Ultrasound
Remember to wear comfortable clothing and follow all instructions received prior to the exam. Avoid wearing any jewelry or drinking any soft drinks before the exam.
What Will the Exam Be Like
A breast ultrasound is an outpatient exam. A sonographer, a skilled technologist, will perform the exam. The technologist works under the supervision of a radiologist.
You will be asked to undress from the waist up and be instructed to lie or sit on an examining table. Oil or gel will be applied to the breast. A scanner will slowly move over the area, sending a signal to the monitor.
You won't feel anything except for the movement of the scanner. It is important to remained relaxed during an ultrasound. You may be asked to drink some water to improve the quality of the image and may add to the time of your exam. The entire exam should last 30 to 60 minutes.
After the Exam
When the examination is complete your results will be provided to you designated health care provider or practitioner.
Please call the Women's Diagnostic Center at (718) 780-5029 or (718) 780-5030 to schedule an appointment.
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