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What is an ultrasound and how does it work?
What is it like to have an ultrasound?
How do I prepare for an ultrasound?
How do I make an appointment?

What is an ultrasound and how does it work?

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the body. It sends out sound waves into your body and collects them after they bounce off tissues. A computer collects these sound waves and creates an image of the tissues. The change from known normal tissue characteristics to abnormal can be interpreted by the radiologist to further define the abnormality.

A breast ultrasound is a focused examination on areas of concern or abnormality found during a mammogram or physical examination. Ultrasound can also be done of the axilla (arm pit) to assess lymph nodes.

What is it like to have an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a painless test. A sonographer spreads a layer of warm gel over the breast tissue. This gel helps to conduct the sound waves. The sonographer then moves the probe back and forth over the breast tissue. Images can be seen in black and white on the nearby screen. This test can take between 20-60 minutes depending on the number of areas evaluated and if both breasts are examined.

Your ultrasound will be performed by a board certified ultrasonographer and a radiologist. If the ultrasound shows a finding that requires biopsy, a biopsy may be done at that time or done at a follow up appointment. If a biopsy is suggested and you take Aspirin, Aggrenox, Coumadin, Fish Oil, NSAIDS (such as Advil, Indocin, Ibuprofen, Motrin or Naprosyn), Plavix or Vitamin E, the biopsy will likely need to be performed at a follow up appointment.

How do I prepare for an ultrasound?

There is no preparation necessary.

How do I make an appointment?

Simply call The Breast Center at 508.830.3000. One of our dedicated breast health team members will assist you.

Our Locations

Breast Imaging
(All screening Mammograms)
45 Resnik Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Breast Center at BID-Plymouth
(Diagnostic Mammograms, Ultrasounds and Biopsies)
275 Sandwich Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Breast Surgery
47 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

To schedule a 3D mammogram, call:
(508) 830-3000

To reach Dr. Robyn Sachs and breast surgery, call:

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