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Ultrasound at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program

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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.