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Breast Ultrasound

What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a procedure which utilizes sound waves to produce images of tissues and organs beneath the skin's surface.  The ultrasound procedure is painless.  There is no radiation involved.  Ultrasound is utilized to evaluate many areas of the body including the heart, abdomen and breast tissue.  Ultrasound is used as a tool to aid in the further clarification of findings seen on your mammogram.  The study can distinguish between a cyst (fluid-filled sac) and a solid lesion as seen on the mammogram.

How will the Breast Ultrasound be performed?
You will be asked to lie on your back on a padded table.  A sponge will be placed behind your back, on the side to be imaged.  Warm gel will be applied to your breast.  A technologist will position a small probe on the surface of the breast to begin the scan.  The scan will take approximately 30 minutes.

What is an Ultrasound Guided Aspiration or Biopsy?
At times a radiologist will want to take a small sample of fluid or tissue from an area of the breast.  The radiologist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area of the breast where a small needle will be inserted.  The physician utilizes the images from the ultrasound to guide the needle to the area which is to be studied.  The samples from the aspiration or biopsy are sent to the laboratory for analysis.  The results are communicated to the physician who ordered your test within seven working days.

If you have questions, please contact Geneva General Hospital's Women's Health Services at (315) 787-4400 or Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging department at (315) 531-2544.

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