Breast Ultrasound Scan
Private breast ultrasound scan - Breast lumps are very common and the breast ultrasound scan is the easiest and fastest way to evaluate these lumps. Ultrasound of the breast uses sound waves to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast. It is primarily used to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities your doctor may have found during a physical exam, mammogram or breast MRI. Ultrasound scans are safe, noninvasive and do not use ionizing radiation.
What is the purpose of this breast ultrasound scan?
The breast ultrasound scan will examine your breast for any lumps you may have found.
Reasons for having a private breast ultrasound scan:
There multiple reasond as to why you would have a breast ultrasound scan but the most common reasons are the following:
- Palpable breast lump, lumpiness, texture change, nipple discharge
- A change in mammogram or MRI that needs further evaluation
- Check-ups of previously diagnosed noncancerous breast lumps
- Breast pain
- To see if breast lumps are cysts or solid
- To check breast implants and surrounding breast tissue
- Prophylactic examination
What is included with this breast scan?
- Ultrasound report and if needed, a follow up recommendation.
Preparation for this breast ultrasound.
- No preparation for this private ultrasound scan is necessary.
What should I expect during the breast ultrasound scan?
Before the breast ultrasound scan the sonographer will explain the examination procedure. You will be asked to lie on the examination couch and expose your breasts and you may be asked to raise your arm above your head. A small amount of ultrasound gel will be placed on your skin and a small ultrasound probe will be used to obtain images of the breast tissue. You might see red and blue colours in the screen but this is nothing to worry about and it is what is called colour Doppler ultrasound. Once the imaging is completed, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. The ultrasound gel does not stain or discolor clothing.
During and after the breast ultrasound examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.
Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and the computer uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound examinations do not use radiation. As 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 this is what is called colour doppler ultrasound.
Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces pictures of the internal structures of the breast.
During a breast ultrasound examination the sonographer performing the test may use Doppler techniques to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in any breast mass. In some cases this may provide additional information as to the cause of the mass.
Many studies have shown that ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help supplement mammography by detecting breast cancers that may not be visible with mammography. MRI is more sensitive than ultrasound in picking up breast cancer, but MRI may not be available to all women. If screening MRI is performed, then screening ultrasound is not needed, although ultrasound may still be used to characterize and biopsy abnormalities seen on MRI.
When ultrasound is used for screening, abnormalities not visible with mammography may be identified, including some that may require biopsy. Many of the abnormalities found with screening breast ultrasound are not cancer (false positives), but breast US allows for a full examination.
Ultrasound can be offered as a screening tool for women who:
- Are at high risk for breast cancer and unable to undergo an MRI examination.
- Are pregnant or should not be exposed to x-rays (which is necessary for a mammogram).
- Have increased breast density— when the breasts have a lot of glandular and connective tissue and not much fatty tissue .
What are the benefits vs. risks of breast ultrasound scan?
- Most ultrasound scanning is noninvasive (no needles or injections).
- Occasionally, an ultrasound exam may be temporarily uncomfortable, but it should not be painful.
- Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging methods.
- Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation.
- Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.
- Ultrasound provides real-time imaging, making it a good tool for guiding minimally invasive procedures such as needle biopsies and fluid aspiration.
- Ultrasound imaging can help detect lesions in women with dense breasts.
- Ultrasound may help detect and classify a breast lesion that cannot be interpreted adequately through mammography alone.
- Using ultrasound, sonographers are able to determine that many areas of clinical concern are due to normal tissue (such as fat lobules) or benign cysts. For most women 30 years of age and older, a mammogram will be used together with ultrasound. For women under age 30, ultrasound alone is often sufficient to determine whether an area of concern needs a biopsy or not.
- For standard diagnostic ultrasound, there are no known harmful effects on humans.
- Interpretation of a breast ultrasound examination may lead to additional procedures such as follow-up ultrasound and/or aspiration or biopsy. Many of the areas thought to be of concern turn out to be non-cancerous.
What are the limitations of Ultrasound Scan Imaging of the Breast?
- Ultrasound is one of the tools used in breast imaging, but it does not replace annual mammography.
- Many cancers are not visible on ultrasound. Many calcifications seen on mammography cannot be seen on ultrasound. Some early breast cancers only show up as calcifications on mammography. MRI findings that are due to cancer are not always seen with ultrasound.
- Biopsy may be recommended to determine if a suspicious abnormality is cancer or not.
- Most suspicious findings on ultrasound scan that require biopsy are not cancers.
- Many facilities do not offer ultrasound screening, and the procedure may not be covered by some insurance plans.
Price of the breast Ultrasound Scan: £159.00 (Both Breasts £189)