An ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic test that uses sound waves to penetrate the organs and tissues. Because sound waves are used, the body is not exposed to radiation during this exam. Ultrasounds are commonly used to examine many different parts of the body to further diagnose abnormalities. Because it is a relatively inexpensive test, your referring doctor may recommend that you have an ultrasound if your symptoms do not lead to a definitive diagnosis.
Ultrasound studies offered at Visconti Breast Center:
To allow for optimal imaging, it is important to follow the instructions for each exam very closely. Please call our office if you have any questions.
Breast ultrasounds – Ultrasounds of the breast are used to diagnose breast symptoms. Questionable areas on a mammogram can be further examined under ultrasound to characterize the abnormality. Also, lumps in the breast can be distinguished as a solid mass or fluid (cyst). Once the lump is categorized, a breast biopsy can also be completed at the Visconti Breast Center.
Special instructions: Patient preparation is not required for breast ultrasounds. If you are having a breast biopsy, stop taking all blood thinners, fish oil and/or aspirin at least seven days prior to your biopsy.
Thyroid ultrasounds – Thyroid ultrasounds examine the thyroid glands, which are located on both sides of your neck. These ultrasounds are used to help diagnose a palpable mass. If necessary, an ultrasound-guided biopsy of your thyroid can also be completed at the Visconti Breast Center. During a thyroid biopsy, ultrasound guidance is used to ensure a small amount of the abnormal tissue is appropriately removed.
Special instructions: Stop taking all blood thinners, fish oil and/or aspirin at least seven days prior to your biopsy.