A breast ultrasound is an important diagnostic tool using sound wave technology to detect changes in breast tissue.
How are ultrasounds performed?
An ultrasound procedure may be done on an outpatient basis, or as part of inpatient care. An ultrasound procedure follows this process:
- A gel-like substance will be applied on the area of the breast and a transducer is moved across the breast (the gel acts as a conductor).
- A transducer is a tool that transmits sound waves.
- The sound from the transducer will be reflected off internal breast structures, and the information from the sounds is then analyzed by a computer.
- The computer creates an image of these structures on a television screen. The moving pictures can be recorded on film videotape.
- There are no confirmed adverse biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposures to ultrasound.
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