All About Breast Ultrasound
We are proud to offer select services to women in Lake Grove, NY. More than simply performing various screenings, our staff wants patients to feel comfortable when visiting us. We understand that understanding why particular imaging is necessary and what to expect can help support peace of mind. Here, we discuss various aspects of breast ultrasound.
What is a breast ultrasound?
Breast ultrasound is a type of imaging that works through sound waves. The sound waves emitted via a small handpiece pass through soft tissue and “bounce” off of different structures. The change in sound waves produces an image. PURE Mammography has an ultrasound device that has been developed specifically for breast ultrasound. It is not a breast cancer screening. A breast ultrasound may be performed after a mammogram, which does screen for breast cancer if an abnormality is identified. Ultrasounds may also be performed if a patient cannot be exposed to radiation or has silicone breast implants. Finally, ultrasound is a guidance-tool for other diagnostics, including breast biopsy.
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
Breast biopsies are performed to obtain a small sample of tissue from the breast. This test is performed by a board-certified radiologist with specialized training. During a breast biopsy, ultrasound helps the radiologist locate the mass from which the tissue sample will be taken. The brief procedure is similar to standard breast ultrasound. First, though, a local anesthetic is injected using a tiny needle. After this has taken effect, a gel is applied to the skin to help conduct ultrasound waves into the breast tissue. Guided to mass, the radiologist then inserts another tiny instrument to excise small samples.
After a breast biopsy, ice and a bandage are applied over the site. When the anesthetic wears off, the breast may be sore or tender. Bruising may also occur. Usually, over-the-counter medication is sufficient for reducing the temporary discomfort. Patients can decrease the risk of bruising by avoiding aspirin in the days before their minor procedure. The biopsy team may discuss additional recommendations for aftercare. Usually, patients are advised to postpone exercise and strenuous activity for 24 hours after their biopsy.
PURE Mammography is committed to maintaining a comfortable, friendly environment for our clients. To schedule a screening with us, call 631-652-3424.