Ultrasound imaging (also called ultrasound scanning or sonography) involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. An ultrasound scan does not use ionizing radiation (x-ray).
Imaging Specialists offers the most advanced technology in ultrasound scans.
Ultrasound imaging adds the additional dimension of motion. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
The advantages of advanced ultrasound include:
- Real time, high resolution images
- Increased image penetration
- Greater detailed visualization
- Reduced exam times
- Highly skilled diagnostic medical ultrasonographer
The primary use of breast ultrasound today is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected by a physician during a physical exam and to characterize potential abnormalities seen on mammography.
Diagnostic ultrasound imaging can help to determine if an abnormality is solid (which may be a non-cancerous lump of tissue or a cancerous tumor) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst). Ultrasound can also aid in biopsies.
This sampling procedure, guided by either ultrasound or MRI, is done on an outpatient basis. It removes five to ten small pieces of tissue from the abnormality and takes about 45 minutes using only local anesthesia and a tiny skin nick. This procedure causes minimal discomfort, little bruising, no stitches and little disfigurement. If cancer is found, a complete removal of the abnormal area may be required.