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Breast Imaging

Ultrasound

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LHA also offers ultrasound imaging to help determine if an abnormality is solid, which may be a non-cancerous lump of tissue or a cancerous tumor, or fluid-filled. Doppler ultrasound is also used to assess blood supply to abnormalities in the breast. If a Doppler ultrasound study is performed, you may actually hear pulse-like sounds that change in pitch as the blood flow is monitored and measured. Another ultrasound technique is sonoelastography, which is a new procedure that evaluates the elasticity/ compressibility of an abnormality to help determine a clear diagnosis.
Preparation
You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a gown during the procedure.
Procedure
Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy. This is exactly how the procedure takes place:

  • After you are positioned on the examination table, the radiologist will spread some warm gel on your skin and then press the transducer firmly against your body, moving it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured. There may be varying degrees of discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined.
  • If scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the procedure.
  • You may be asked to change positions during the exam.
  • Once the imaging is complete, the gel will be wiped off your skin.

After an ultrasound exam, daily life can be performed without hindrance.