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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. If you have high breast density, it may also be recommended as a supplemental exam to a mammogram.
It can include an automated breast ultrasound (ABUS), 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.
We do our best to have our radiologists interpret the information and forward the results to your doctor by the next business day.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinics.
**Please note that ABUS exams are only offered at our Market Mall, Mayfair Place, Southcentre, and The CORE locations.
Please ensure that you bring your requisition with you to your appointment.
1 breast: up to 30 minutes
2 breasts: up to 60 minutes