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2871 Having a ultrasound examination of your breast

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One of the ways that doctors can examine your breast tissue in detail is by using an ultrasound scan. Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves and are being increasingly being used in healthcare to help us to see the body tissue under your skin. It is a painless, non-invasive method of imaging the body that does not use radiation, and can also be used to guide the doctor to either take samples, or inject medications. Many patients will recognise ultrasound as the method we use get an image of a baby when a woman is pregnant. In the case of the breast, ultrasound is used to look for abnormalities, such as lumps, fluid collections and the thickening of tissue. This is a simple and quick procedure and we recommend that you wear trousers or a skirt, rather than a dress, as you have to undress to your waist. Many ladies like to bring a partner, friend or relative with them. Please be aware that they will not be allowed inside the examination room, but can be there to keep you company. You will lie or sit on the examination couch, undressed to the waist. A gown will be provided to cover the breast which is not being examined. The radiologist, and sometimes an assistant, will be present. The assistant will act as a chaperone. The radiologist will put clear gel on your breast and use a probe to obtain images that will be shown on a screen. The radiologist will move the probe over your breast to get a variety of images. This should not be painful. If the radiologist finds an area of abnormal tissue, he or she may want to take a sample of this. They may do this using a fine needle which is guided to the right place using ultrasound, or by using a procedure called a Breast Biopsy which is explained in a separate video. It is up to you whether this is done during the appointment, or arranged for another time. Breast ultrasound can take up to 20 minutes. After the images have been taken, you will be able to get dressed. The doctor performing the ultrasound may not be able to give you a diagnosis, but will pass all of the information on to the breast care team. The results from these investigations will be available within a week, and a follow-up appointment will be arranged for you or letter sent to you and your GP. It is important that you ask us about anything you need to know or about any worries you have. Our contact details are provided at the end of this video and our Breast care nurses are available to answer any questions you may have.

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Posted by: richardwh on Nov 18, 2015

2871 Having a ultrasound examination of your breast

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