Ultrasonography, which is sometimes called sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues and organs.
Breast Ultrasound is a typically painless medical test that uses reflected sound waves for further evaluation of a breast abnormality or a specific area seen on mammography. 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.
Your health care provider will be able to give you additional details about these exams, but a general idea of what to expect is provided below.
You should wear a blouse or top that will be easy to remove for the exam.
You will be asked to complete a series of questions about your medical history and breast health.
You will also need to notify your technologist if you have breast implants.
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. It is not generally painful.
Results are available within 24 - 48 hours.
Once the exam is complete, a physician will review the study and dictate a report. This report will be sent to the doctor who ordered your study. We recommend that you call and schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss the results.
Typically, the healthcare provider calls, faxes or submits an online request for the breast ultrasound. Then we call you to confirm your appointment date and time. However, if your healthcare provider asks you to schedule your exam, simply call us or visit our Request an Appointment page. We will make sure the exam is timely and convenient and that it meets any special requirements of your insurance carrier and healthcare provider.
When you call, we will need to know which exam your healthcare provider ordered and why. We will also ask you for your insurance information. You will need to pay any co-pay or deductible at the time of the exam. We conveniently file your claim with your insurance provider.
Most of our facilities offer same-day (insurance permitting), evening and weekend appointments. Prior to your appointment, we will give you the estimated total cost, what you will owe at the time of service, and payment options. We will also fax reports and provide images to your healthcare provider.