The breast health specialists at Saint Vincent Medical Group provide breast ultrasound in Worcester and central Massachusetts. This non-invasive procedure is used to look inside the breasts to check for breast health issues, and also allows the healthcare provider to see how well blood is flowing inside the breasts. A breast ultrasound is often used when a change is seen on a mammogram, or when the patient or provider feel a lump or something unusual in the breast, but nothing is seen on the mammogram.
During a breast ultrasound, a wand-like device called a transducer is moved over the skin to produce images of the breasts. The transducer sends out sound waves that bounce off of the breast tissue, picks up the bounced sound waves, and then uses them
to create pictures of the inside of the breasts.
Some instances in which a breast ultrasound may be used include:
- To determine the nature of a breast abnormality.
- To examine breast issues in patients who are pregnant.
- To supplement other breast cancer screenings.
- For patients whose breast tissue is so dense that mammography is not ideal.
- To examine nearby lymph nodes, guide a biopsy needle or remove fluid from a cyst.
Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive, and does not use radiation. Patients who are pregnant can safely have an ultrasound. Since ultrasound does not require the use of any contrast dye, it is safe for people who have allergies to dyes.
The physicians at Saint Vincent Medical Group are committed to providing the most comprehensive care when it comes to your breast health, as well as all other aspects of your health. For a breast ultrasound in central Massachusetts, along with a wide range of other breast and other health screenings and treatments, call us today at (888) 353-1932 to schedule an appointment.