Ultrasounds are more specific and detailed compared to mammograms because they can reach parts of breast tissue which mammograms aren’t capable of doing. They are performed utilizing a miniature handheld ultrasound prove, also known as a transducer which generates soundwave into the breast tissue and releases an image of abnormalities.
This procedure is noninvasive and painless. Your specialist might recommend it if you have abnormal results, to know a breast lump, and to know if a biopsy is needed. Typically, a mammogram is utilized later in life once the breast tissue is not that thick.
It’s an x-ray examination which is utilized to detect breast cancer. Your breast is pressed between 2 x-ray plates that flatten the tissue. The mammogram can cause some discomfort. Once the result shows abnormal areas of breast tissue, then you might be advised to come back for another examination.
Ultrasound is more specific and thorough diagnostic test compared to a mammogram. This is because it can show portions of your breast like the closest area to the chest wall that is hard to image with a mammogram. There is no radiation involved as well.
Before the procedure, you will require to give your physician as well as the technologist details regarding your medical background. The doctor will ask you if there is a family member who has had breast issues before. Also, you’ll be asked on past issues with your breasts, or if you have undergone a surgery before if you undergo breast implant or follow a hormone therapy. You will also be asked if you have been nursed a baby.
You must schedule your examination for the week after your menstrual period, and not before or during the period, as the breasts might be tender. Avoid putting powder; perform as well as a deodorant on breasts or underarms at the day of the examination. You may need to use them after an examination. You are also required to take off necklace or earring as it can affect the quality of the result.
In case you had your prior mammogram at other imaging centers, you can bring in those reports and images on a CD as it’s essential for your doctor to compare the result. If you can’t bring the report with you, you’ll need to sign a release letter when you come in which we can request those images. Your doctor will need to wait to read the result until we obtain the old one that can take up to two weeks.
Mammograms are done with the use of 2 glass plates attached to an X-ray machine. The two plates slowly press the breast tissue that allows for a detail image to be taken. Two pictures are taken of every breast at diverse angles. The pressure of these two glass plates on your breast can be painful, and in most cases, the uneasiness might last for a couple of hours after the test.
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