Ultrasound, sometimes referred to as sonography, is a diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to show images inside your body. The sound waves are directed from a small, hand-held device – or transducer – which sends and receives these signals. The images obtained during this procedure are recorded digitally and will be interpreted by the radiologist at a computer workstation.
Ultrasound is used to see whether a breast lump is filled with fluid (c)yst or if it’s a solid. An ultrasound does not replace the need for a mammogram, but it is often used to check abnormal results from a mammogram. Ultrasound appointments are available same day or the following day if a mammogram shows a positive result.
The ultrasound is a safe procedure, and the sonographer who will perform your examination is a certified and specialized technologist. This includes extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and disease processes. This is essential so that the sonographer can tailor the examination to your specific needs.
The sonographer works under the close supervision of a radiologist who is a medical doctor with specialty training in interpreting imaging studies. Ultrasound is an excellent tool in many different diagnostic situations, including the evaluation of the:
- Breast Biopsies
- Breast Needle Localizations
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