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with Mercy Breast Clinic
A breast ultrasound allows specialists to dig a little deeper. Sometimes a mammogram, a physical exam or an MRI may show signs of breast abnormalities that require further investigation. Some patients may also have especially dense breast tissue, in both cases, an ultrasound is the next port of call.
Our ultrasound machine uses harmless high-frequency sound waves to produce sharp, high-contrast images of the internal breast structure. This allows us to distinguish between benign (non-cancerous) lesions and malignant (cancerous) growths.
A breast ultrasound is non-invasive, painless and soundless – but it does involve a little jelly! A radiographer or sonographer will place a water-based gel over the areas of your breast they wish to examine. Taking an ultrasound probe they’ll move it around the different areas – you’ll see the images pop up onscreen.
Results are ready approximately 15-30minutes after the procedure. This allows our specialists to process the images and make a diagnosis. If abnormalities are revealed, we’ll ensure we discuss all options with you going forward.