Breast ultrasound is an imaging examination that makes use of ultrasound to make visible the structure of the breast.
The radiologist, the only health professional qualified to perform a breast ultrasound, uses a probe that he applies against the skin of the breast after having coated it with a gel: the ultrasound emitted crosses the skin of the breast and is echoed to it at every obstacle they encounter. This signal is analyzed by a computer system that retransmits, in real-time, the image of the breast on a video screen. The radiologist can thus compare what he feels with the palpation of the breast and axillary hollows (ganglion, nodule, cyst …) and the images that appear on the screen.
What Is The Purpose Of A Breast Ultrasound
Breast ultrasound [อัลตร้าซาวด์เต้านม which is the term in Thai] is used to study the appearance of the mammary gland and look for any abnormalities of the breast. This examination makes it possible to measure the size of these anomalies, to specify their nature and to guide the diagnosis.
In breast cancer screening, breast ultrasound usually follows another imaging test, mammography. Breast ultrasound is not breast cancer screening, but mammography can be supplemented by determining the fluid or solid nature of a lesion and exploring too dense or poor breasts.
How Is A Breast Ultrasound Performed
After consulting the prescription of your doctor /gynaecologist to perform a breast ultrasound, a radiology manipulator installs you in the examination room and explains the procedure of the examination.
Once bare-chested, the radiologist invites you to lie on the examination table; he palpates your breasts looking for possible ganglia, then he applies a gel, hypoallergenic, which will ensure good contact between the probe and your skin. It circulates the probe on both your breasts and in the region of your armpits. He takes snapshots of what he sees on the screen and takes various steps to prepare his report.
Breast ultrasound lasts between 5 and 10 minutes, sometimes more if a sample (puncture of a liquid or biopsy) must be performed.