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1. What is a Breast Ultrasound scan?
2. Breast Ultrasound: Reasons for an ultrasound scan, common conditions and symptoms and when to see a doctor
A breast ultrasound is often used:
– If you have a lump in the breast as a first examination method
– To check the condition of an existing breast lump
– If you have a lump in your breast which hasn’t shown up on a mammogram (breast x-ray)
– Alongside a triple assessment (breast examination, breast x-ray, biopsy) in a one stop clinic
– Alongside a biopsy of the breast to help find the right place to take the biopsy
– Investigate changes to breast shape or size
– Examine the cause of a lump (breast or armpit)
– If you have breast pain
– To understand nipple discharge or inversion
– To understand breast implant changes
Common breast and armpit conditions you need to be aware of:
– Breast infection
– Breast abscess
– Swollen lymph nodes which may be a result of infection, inflammation or cancer
– Fibroadenomas (benign lumps)
– Lumps with abnormal potential for example papilloma and radial scar
– DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ)
– Breast cancer
Symptoms and when to see a doctor:
If you experience changes to your breast or armpit, you’ll need to have an assessment to identify the
cause of the change. Common symptoms include:
– A breast lump
– Armpit lump
– Breast pain
– Changes to breast shape or size
– Nipple discharge
– Nipple inversion
– Breast implant changes
3. Breast Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
The breast ultrasound scan is a pain free examination which lasts for around 30 minutes. Here is what happens at your appointment:
1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to change in to a medical gown and to remove any clothing from your upper body as well as jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.
2. You’ll be required to lie flat on your back on an examination table. You’ll need to place your arms up by your head. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to your breast and armpit areas. The gel works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the body more efficiently.
3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device* will firstly be placed on your skin and manoeuvred around your breast and armpit areas whilst applying mild to medium pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. The gel may feel a little cold on your skin but the procedure does not cause any pain. * The ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up responding signals.
4. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, the gel will be wiped off your skin
or you’ll be provided with a tissue to wipe the gel off, you can then get dressed.
5. The doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you.A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor.
Following the examination the images are processed and reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who will provide your doctor with a report. We endeavour to give both you and your GP access to your results on the same day of your scan.
You can expect the scan to last between 20-30 minutes. Please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.
As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can go home immediately after your appointment.
4. Breast Ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment
No preparation is required for this scan.
You are welcome to invite another person to accompany you, we kindly ask you to inform us beforehand
so we can accommodate.