The breast ultrasound is requested as a first line investigation when your doctor feels a lump or you refer a specific area of tenderness or pain, that is not usual for you. Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a detailed picture of the internal structures of the breast and can provide evidence about whether a lump is a solid mass, a cyst filled with fluid, or a combination of the two. If a needle biopsy is needed, breast ultrasound may also be used to help guide the procedure.
How the scan is done?
You will be given a gown to wear so that the breast area is visible to the doctor. The scan is performed with you lying on your back on an examination table and raising your arm above your head on the side of the breast to be examined. This allows the doctor to scan the entire breast and surrounding tissue including the armpit. Ultrasound gel is placed on the area that will undergo the ultrasound examination.The doctor will move the probe around the breast to provide a complete set of images.
How do I prepare?
There is no preparation for this test. Please bring previous breast ultrasound or mammograms report (if you have any) for comparison.