Soft Tissue Mass Ultrasound
A soft tissue mass ultrasound would be requested if you or your doctor wants to assess the contents of a superficial lump (just beneath the skin) on your body. A lump may contain fat, fluid, or solid tissue. This exam helps your doctor decide if this area needs another test to diagnose the type of tissue in the lump.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY EXAM?
- You can expect to be at the clinic between 30-60 minutes, depending on your procedure(s) and barring any unforeseen delays.
- Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow enough time to check in with reception.
- Bring photo identification and your provincial health card.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Please do not bring children who require supervision.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY EXAM?
- You may be asked to change into a gown.
- A warm, non-scented, hypo-allergenic ultrasound gel will be applied to the area being scanned.
- Your sonographer will ask you to lower or arrange your clothing to apply the gel and scan the area in question.
- The sonographer will move the transducer around the area in question and you may be asked to perform various breathing techniques to help take the correct images.
- You may be asked to lie on your side, sit or stand to bring your organs into a better position.
- You may experience mild to moderate pressure while the sonographer takes the images.
- The radiologist may come into the scan room after your exam to speak to you about your results. You will then be free to leave.
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 the Alberta and Saskatchewan Health Care Plans.