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Breast Ultrasound

Who should get a breast ultrasound?

Breast ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to look at the inside of your breasts. A breast ultrasound is most often done to find out if a problem found by a mammogram or physical exam of the breast may be a cyst filled with fluid or a solid tumor. It also lets your health care provider see how well blood is flowing to areas in your breasts.

Why Choose Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging?

Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging brings the world-class expertise of Johns Hopkins to your community. Why does expertise matter? Because you matter. Here is how we do it:

  • Physician Experts. We set the standard for other radiologists around the world.
  • #1 Radiology Department. We are the top-ranked radiology department by U.S. News and World Report
  • State-of-the-Art Technology. Doing the right study with high quality increases accuracy.
  • Your Safety Is Always Our Priority. We take comprehensive safety measures to minimize any possible risk. 

How do I prepare for a breast ultrasound?

EAT/DRINK: You may eat, drink and take medications as usual.

CLOTHING: Wear clothing that you can easily take off or wear clothing that lets the radiologist or technologist reach your chest. The gel put on your skin during the test does not stain clothing, but you may want to wear older clothing. The gel may not be completely removed from your skin afterward.

What happens during a breast ultrasound exam?

Generally, breast ultrasound follows this process:

  1. You will be asked to remove any jewelry and clothing from the waist up. You will be given a gown to wear.
  2. You will lie on your back on an exam table. You will be asked to raise your arm above your head on the side of the breast to be looked at. Or you may be placed on your side.
  3. The technologist will put a clear, warm gel on the skin over the breast area to be looked at.
  4. The technologist will press the transducer against the skin and move it over the area being studied.
  5. Once the test is done, the technologist will wipe off the gel.

What happens after a breast ultrasound exam?

There is typically no special type of care following an ultrasound. However, your health care provider may give you additional instructions depending on your specific health condition.