Ultrasound at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive test that helps doctors diagnose medical conditions, including breast cancer. It uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the body.
Imaging experts at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program use ultrasound technology in conjunction with other imaging, such as mammography, to determine if abnormalities found in the breast are solid tumors.
What Can I Expect During a Breast Ultrasound?
An ultrasound lasts about 20 minutes.
During the procedure, a specially trained technologist will:
- Ask you to remove any clothing or jewelry above your waist.
- Apply gel to your breast so the ultrasound probe can easily conduct the sound waves that produce the images.
- Move the ultrasound probe over your breast. You may feel slight pressure as the ultrasound probe passes over your breast, but it should not be painful.
Following the procedure, a radiologist will discuss your ultrasound. You can expect full results from your doctor within two business days.