Breast ultrasound

What is breast ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a safe, painless examination that produces images of inside of the body using sound waves. A breast ultrasound produces pictures of the breast’s internal structures.

Breast ultrasound allows doctors to differentiate between cysts and solid lumps. It may also help to determine whether a breast lump requires biopsy.

How should I prepare for breast ultrasound?

There is no preparation for breast ultrasound, however you should bring all previous breast imaging reports to your appointment.

On the day of your appointment

Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you on arrival and take your referral form. One of our sonographers will collect you from reception and ask you to change into a front-opening gown.

You will be asked to lie on a bed as each breast is scanned separately. The sonographer will use a transducer (hand-held device which produces and receives sound waves) to produce the images.

Once the examination is complete, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped from your skin (any residue will dry to a powder). The ultrasound gel will not stain or discolour clothing.

Most patients easily tolerate ultrasound.

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 hardcopy films or a CD containing your images.


Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for on-the-day payment. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, claims can be lodged electronically to ensure that your Medicare rebate is deposited directly into your bank account.

Pensioner Concession, Health Care, Commonwealth Seniors Health and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold cardholders will be bulk-billed for all Medicare-eligible outpatient items. Some surgical procedures and scans that are not covered under the Medicare Benefits Schedule may incur an out-of-pocket cost. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please present your Medicare card and any concession cards to reception on arrival.

Locations where we offer this procedure:

Epworth Freemasons Medical Centre
Epworth Richmond

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