Ultrasound is a technique used for imaging soft tissues in the body. It is painless, noninvasive, and involves no radiation. High frequency sound waves travel into the body and send back “echoes” to the transducer. These echoes form a picture on a monitor for the ultrasound technologist to view and film. The films are read by our board certified radiologists, and a copy of the report is sent to your physician.
Breast ultrasound is used together with mammography in determining many different types of breast abnormalities. Mammography may show an area of change, but ultrasound will give the additional information needed to decide what type of follow up is in the best interest of the patient. These abnormalities include cysts, fibroadenomas, hematomas, and breast cancers. Ultrasound may sometimes show palpable areas that mammography does not detect.
Ultrasound has been proven to be an excellent aide in biopsies. If a patient has an abnormality seen by ultrasound, a needle can be placed into the area and samples can be taken. All of this can be done in the comfort of our Center without a trip to the operating room.
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The Center for Breast Health is located at 351 Delnor Drive, Suite 201, on the hospital campus. To schedule an appointment, call (630) 762-6400.