All outpatient exams are done in this department including breast ultrasound and breast interventional procedures.
What is it?
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound to create an image. The frequencies we use are between two mega Hertz and 17 mega Hertz. This is well above the range of human hearing, which extends only to 20 kilo Hertz.
How Does it Work?
Ultrasound works like sonar and "fish finders". Sound waves are transmitted into the body and echoes off the various organs in the body, making a crossectional picture. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation.
During an exam a small amount of ultrasound gel is placed on the body, then an ultrasound probe or transducer would be used to look at the areas of interest. Ultrasound cannot be felt although you will feel the pressure of the probe.
Uses and Strengths
Ultrasound is used for imaging all the soft tissue organs of the body. Ultrasound does not go through bone or air so is not suitable for imaging the lung, bones, stomach or bowel. Since ultrasound does not use X-ray it is very useful for imaging babies before they are born.
Our machines also have Color Flow Doppler, which allows us to see blood moving. In this mode we can image vessels of the extremities and neck and abdomen looking for clots or stenosies.
- Breast Ultrasound: A breast ultrasound is a procedure that uses reflected sound waves to view and produce a picture of the internal structures of the breast. It shows all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall. Breast ultrasound does not use x-rays. An ultrasound does not replace the need for a mammogram; however, it is often used to further evaluate a problem seen on a mammogram.
- Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy: It is a minimally invasive approach to analyzing breast nodules, masses and lesions. The ultrasound guides the radiologist in obtaining tissue samples. A local anesthetic is used. This procedure is a more conservative and cost effective alternative to surgical biopsy.
Your physician will get the results of your ultrasound within two days, and will pass that information on to you.
All our machines are state-of-the-art high resolution ultrasound machines incorporating gray scale, color flow and doppler imaging. All systems are connected to our FUJI PACS system, which allows physicians to view the images on their office computers. This reduces delays getting "films" to the referring physicians.