Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound
A diagnostic breast ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to see the internal structure of your breast. It is often requested to investigate symptoms, like pain or lumps, or to examine a specific area of concern. It may also be recommended if you have high breast density.
It can include an automated breast ultrasound which takes 3D images of the whole breast, targeting specific areas and ensuring they are displayed in a reproducible fashion. It is especially beneficial to women with dense breast tissue (Volpara scores C and D), because it allows the technologist to check the breast from a variety of angles offering more accurate interpretations.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY EXAM?
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed.
- Wear a two-piece outfit so you can change for the exam more comfortably.
- If you are having a mammography the same day, you may be asked to avoid the use of deodorant or lotions.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY EXAM?
- You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and given a robe.
- Your breast area will need to be visible for the exam. This allows the sonographer to scan the entire breast and surrounding tissue, including the axilla (armpit).
- The sonographer will move the probe around the breast to provide a complete set of images.
- The radiologist will review the images and compare to previous ultrasounds or mammograms.
- It is not unusual for the sonographer to ask the radiologist to come into the scan room after your exam to speak to you about your results.
WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
We do our best to have our radiologists interpret the information and forward the results to your doctor by the next business day.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinic.
**Please note that ABUS exams are only offered at our Market Mall, Mayfair Place, Southcentre, and The CORE locations.