Meet Lynette, Tucson resident
Lynette has her mammogram like clockwork every year. She was a bit nervous this year because she felt something unusual in her breast. Thankfully, her mammogram showed no issues. Because she had dense breast tissue and described a change in her breast, her physician and radiologist also recommended a breast ultrasound in Tucson. The breast ultrasound confirmed that there were no abnormalities and that she was just fine. Breast ultrasound gave Lynette the additional peace of mind she needed.
Breast Ultrasound, also known as sonography or ultrasonography, is frequently used to evaluate breast abnormalities that are found on screening or diagnostic mammography or during a physician-performed clinical breast examination. Ultrasound is excellent at imaging cysts, which are round, fluid-filled pockets inside the breast. Ultrasound can often quickly determine if a suspicious area is in fact a benign cyst (always non-cancerous) or a solid mass, which may require a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous.
Patients who have an abnormal finding on their screening mammogram will be contacted to return for a diagnostic mammogram, which usually consists of both additional mammographic images and a breast ultrasound.
No special preparation is needed. You should wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing, though you may be asked to change into a patient gown.
You will be positioned on an exam table, and a clear gel will be applied to your breast. The gel is used to eliminate the air bubbles between the transducer and your body since sound waves travel poorly through air. The transducer is pressed against the skin and moved back and forth to visualize the area of interest. Ultrasound is usually painless, though some patients experience mild discomfort from the pressure applied to the transducer.
For your safety and the protection of others, we do not allow anybody except patients in our exam rooms.
After your study, the images will be evaluated by one of our board-certified radiologists with expertise in breast imaging. A final report will be sent to your doctor or healthcare provider, who can then discuss the results with you in detail.