What is breast ultrasound?
Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. An ultrasound of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast.
Breast ultrasound allows doctors to differentiate between cysts and solid lumps. It may also help to decide whether your breast lump may require a biopsy.
How should I prepare for a breast ultrasound?
There is no preparation for breast ultrasound, however you will be required to make an appointment.
On the day of your appointment
Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you upon arrival and take your referral form. One of our sonographers will come and collect you and you will be asked to change into a gown, which will open at the front for ease of examination.
You will be asked to lie on a bed and each breast will be scanned separately. The sonographer uses a transducer (a hand-held device which produces and receives the sound waves) to produce the images.
Once the imaging is complete, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry to a powder. The ultrasound gel does not stain or discolor clothing.
Ultrasound examinations are painless and easily tolerated by most patients.
Breast ultrasound is usually completed within 30 minutes, but may take up to an hour.
After your examination please report to reception, where you will be presented with either hardcopy films or a CD containing the images.
Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa forpayment on the day. We are able to lodge Medicare claims electronically, which will automatically send Medicare rebates directly into your nominated bank account.
Pensioners and healthcare card-holders will be bulked billed for all items covered under the Medicare schedule, although some surgical procedures and scans may incur a cost, as they are not covered under Medicare. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please have your Medicare card ready to present to reception.