Ultrasound imaging of the breast uses sound waves to create pictures of the breast tissue. Breast ultrasounds are primarily used as a second step to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities suspected by your physician during a physical exam. A breast ultrasound may also be ordered as a further evaluation exam following up after having a mammogram or a breast MRI. As with all Ultrasounds a breast ultrasound is safe and has no radiation since it utilizes sound waves to detect abnormalities.
At Radiology Center at Harding we are proud to announce the acquisition of our SOFIA 3D BREAST ULTRASOUND Table. A first of its kind, the table itself acts as a probe require no external pressure using the body’s own natural weight as compression. The patient getting the breast ultrasound lies face down in a prone position and the machine takes 3D volumetric Breast Ultrasound images in 30 seconds for each breast. Radiology Center at Harding is the first facility in the state of New Jersey to have acquired this cutting edge technology which puts us at the very top when it comes to Women’s imaging.
The Breast Ultrasound procedure itself requires little to no special preparation. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a gown during the procedure. The actual exam takes 30 secs for each breast.
* Interpreting a Breast Abnormality
* The most common use of a breast ultrasound is to help further investigate and diagnose breast abnormalities which may have been observed by your doctor during a physical exam like a lump or swelling. If you’re above 40 and get routine yearly mammogram screening and have dense breasts, a breast ultrasound may also be ordered for further evaluating dense breast tissue that’s harder to see on a Mammography exam.
* Breast Ultrasound imaging can show more details of the breast tissue and help the radiologist make a determination if an abnormality is solid which may be a non-cancerous lump of tissue or a cancerous tumor, fluid-filled such as a benign cyst or both cystic and solid.
* Doppler ultrasound of the breast is used to assess blood supply in breast lesions.
* A valuable tool for Breast Cancer Screening
* Mammograms are the only screening exams for breast cancer statistically shown to reduce deaths due to detecting breast cancer at an early stage through screening. Having said that mammograms do not detect all breast cancers. Some breast lesions and abnormalities are not detectable on mammograms alone. Women that are have dense breasts have a lot of glandular and connective tissues and compared with fatty tissue, and that makes cancer harder to detect amid all the grey matter that shows up on a mammogram. Some breast cancers can hide behind those milky grey areas.
To tackle this issue associated with dense breasts, Radiology Center at Harding has acquired an advanced new piece of equipment that is specifically designed to obtain 3D Breast Ultrasound images. 30 seconds each breast. A first ever, this latest technology provides ever more clarity and detail in capturing hard to view areas of dense breasts. This in turn empowers the radiologists interpreting the results to list their findings with a greater confidence and assurance stemming from having more data and images to base their findings on.
Please check our 3D Breast Ultrasound page for this exciting new feature. We are the FIRST facility in NJ to have acquired this equipment and technology.