PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What should I expect during a breast ultrasound?

ANSWER

  • You’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown, so you may want to wear a two-piece outfit so you only need to remove your top.
  • You’ll lie on a padded exam table.
  • A small amount of gel is applied to your skin over the area to be examined. The gel doesn’t harm your skin or stain your clothes.
  • A probe that looks like a little paddle is gently put against the skin.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath briefly several times.
  • The test takes about 10-20 minutes.

After the test, the gel will be wiped off your skin.

From: Breast Cancer and Breast Ultrasound WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.org: "Breast Ultrasound."

American Cancer Society: “Breast ultrasound.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Breast Ultrasound.”

Healthline: ”Breast Ultrasound.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2017

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.org: "Breast Ultrasound."

American Cancer Society: “Breast ultrasound.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Breast Ultrasound.”

Healthline: ”Breast Ultrasound.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

What happens in counseling before genetic testing for breast cancer?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.