Breast ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging test that uses sound waves to produce images of the breast tissue. It is a commonly used diagnostic tool to detect any abnormalities in the breast tissue, such as lumps, cysts, or other masses.
One question that many women have about breast ultrasound is how long the procedure typically takes. The answer is that the length of time for a breast ultrasound can vary, but the average time is usually around 30 minutes.
The actual imaging portion of the breast ultrasound usually takes only about 10 to 15 minutes. However, the preparation for the procedure, which may include filling out paperwork and changing into a gown, can take an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
During the procedure, a technician will apply a gel to the breast area and use a small handheld device called a transducer to obtain images of the breast tissue. The transducer emits sound waves that bounce off the breast tissue and are then converted into images on a screen.
The technician will move the transducer over the breast area to obtain images from different angles. They may also use compression to obtain clearer images, but this should not be painful. If you experience any discomfort, be sure to let the technician know.
After the images have been obtained, the technician will review them and may ask for additional images if needed. The final images will be reviewed by a radiologist who will provide a report to your healthcare provider.
Overall, a breast ultrasound is a relatively quick and painless procedure. It is typically used in conjunction with other imaging tests, such as mammography, to provide a more complete picture of the breast tissue. If you have any concerns or questions about breast ultrasound, be sure to discuss them with your healthcare provider.