Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a safe and painless test that uses sound waves to see the tissue inside the breast. Ultrasound does not use X-ray or radiation.

Ultrasound can help obtain more information about a lump felt by you or your physician, or it can give more information about a possible mass found on a mammogram or MRI.

Before Your Procedure

  • You may eat normally. No special preparation is required.

During Your Procedure

  • A specialty trained technologist will perform your breast ultrasound.
  • You will be asked to lie on your back, on an exam table, with one arm rested above your head.
  • Warm gel will be put on the breast. The gel helps sound waves to travel from the machine into your breast.
  • A small camera-like device, called a transducer, will be moved over your skin and pictures will be taken of the inside of your breast.
  • The ultrasound will take about 1 hour.

After Your Procedure

  • A radiologist, who is an imaging physician, will review the images.
  • The results will be discussed with you after the exam and sent to your physician.
  • You may resume your normal activities.

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

Back to Imaging Patient Instructions

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
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