Investigating a palpable lump
Follow up of known lesion
Abnormality on mammogram
Infection or mastitis
Screening of younger patients at high risk of breast cancer.
LIMITATIONS: Extremely large, mobile breasts may be difficult to scan completely. Inflammation or haemorrhage from recent injury may obscure an abnormality.
PREPARATION: No preparation required.
SCAN PROCEDURE: You may change into a patient gown or simply remove your clothing above the waist. During the procedure you will lie on the scanning bed. The sonographer will ask you to move around during the procedure to obtain the appropriate images. Ultrasound jelly will be placed on your skin to allow transmission of ultrasound waves from a hand held probe which is moved over your breast. The procedure will take approximately 20 minutes and does not cause any discomfort or pain.
POST PROCEDURE: There are no post procedure precautions.
RESULTS: The images obtained by the sonographer will be analysed and interpreted by the Radiologist.
Your procedure report will be sent electronically to your referring doctor. Please inform us of when you plan to follow up with your doctor so that your report can be prioritised. A hyperlink will be added to the report that will allow your doctor to access your images.
We provide long term electronic storage of your report and images, so you may obtain a copy either on the day of the scan or in the future.