Look to Virginia Hospital Center’s Women’s Imaging Center for high-quality breast ultrasound tests.
What’s a Breast Ultrasound?
An ultrasound of the breast tissue is a safe, noninvasive imaging scan. It uses sound waves to create detailed images of the inside of the breast. You may receive a breast ultrasound to check for signs of a health problem after a physical exam, mammogram or breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
Advanced ABUS Technology
Based on your health and other factors, your care team may suggest an automated breast ultrasound screening (ABUS). This technology makes hundreds of 3D images of the breasts, letting your radiologist view layers of breast tissue to more easily see potential problems.
Ideal for Dense Breasts
Women with dense breasts have a higher amount of glandular tissue (milk ducts and glands) than fatty tissue in their breasts. Having dense breasts increases the risk of breast cancer by four to five times and may also make it harder for your doctor to look for signs of breast cancer.
If you have dense breast tissue, ABUS can provide peace of mind. The technology can detect breast cancer that may have been missed during a mammogram.
What to Expect
During your appointment, you’ll undress from the waist up and put on a gown. You’ll lie on an exam table on your back. You may need to raise your arm above your head.
Your technologist will apply a gel on the skin of your breast. Then, a radiologist or sonographer will move a handheld device called a transducer across the area. The transducer uses sound waves to send images of the breast tissue to a display screen on a computer. There’s usually no pain, but you may feel a little pressure.
How Long Does It Take?
Your appointment may last up to 30 minutes. After the test, your provider will wipe the gel off your skin. You can go home and do your normal activities.
Ask your doctor when and how you’ll receive the results of your breast ultrasound. Results are sometimes available during the same appointment as your scan.
Breast Density Report
You and your doctor will get a report that includes information about the density of your breast tissue. The state of Virginia requires this report so you can make an informed choice about getting other screenings.