What to Expect
When you hear the words “breast ultrasound,” you might be a little intimidated. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! We will discuss what to expect during a breast ultrasound. We’ll go over why you might need one and what the procedure entails. So if you’re curious about breast ultrasounds, keep reading!
The first thing to know about breast ultrasound is that it’s a type of imaging test. It uses sound waves instead of radiation like an x-ray, and since there are no harmful effects from these types of tests, they’re safe for pregnant women or children who might be at risk if exposed to too much radiation over time.
Breast ultrasounds may be used as part of your routine screening mammogram or during diagnostic testing if something suspicious was found during another procedure such as an MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging). This way doctors can look closer inside the breasts without having surgery first!
To prepare yourself before your ultrasound appointment make sure you drink plenty of water so that the doctor will have better images when taking pictures within your body tissues by using sound waves. You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and to cover yourself with a sheet or gown provided by the clinic.
Ultrasounds are usually painless, but if you feel any discomfort tell the technician right away. The test usually takes about 30 minutes, but could take longer depending on what is being looked for.
After your ultrasound is complete, you can go about your day as usual! There may be a small amount of bruising or swelling where the gel was applied to your skin, but this will disappear within a few days.
We hope this article has helped demystify breast ultrasounds for you! If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments section below.