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Breast and Axilla

Breast and Axilla
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Private Breast and Axilla Ultrasound Scan

  • Determining the Nature of a Breast Abnormality:
    Doctors use breast ultrasound to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected during a physical exam. These may include a lump,pain or spontaneous bloody/clear nipple discharge. They also use ultrasound to characterize potential abnormalities seen on mammography or breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Breast ultrasound can help determine 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.
  • Supplemental Breast Cancer Screening: Breast ultrasound  can help supplement mammography by detecting cancers that may not be visible with mammography.  Screening breast ultrasound may identify abnormalities that are not visible with mammography, including some that may require biopsy.
  • Screening in High-Risk Populations: For individuals identified as having an elevated risk of breast cancer, such as those with a strong family history, breast ultrasound may be used as part of a comprehensive screening strategy

Breast ultrasound can be offered as a screening tool for women who:

  1. are at high risk for breast cancer.
  2. are pregnant or should not be exposed to x-rays (which is necessary for a mammogram).
  3. have increased breast density — when the breasts have a lot of glandular and connective tissue and not much fatty tissue
  4. Evaluation of Breast Lumps or Masses
  5. Supplemental Imaging for Dense Breast Tissue
  6. Monitoring Breast Health
  7. Evaluation of Abnormalities Detected on Mammograms
  8. Assessment of Breast Pain or Discomfort
  9. Identification of Cysts
  10. Evaluation of Nipple Discharge
  11. Monitoring Response to Breast Cancer Treatment
  12. Assessment of Axillary Lymph Nodes
  13. Evaluation of Breast Implants

FAQs

What is considered abnormal in a breast ultrasound?

Liquid cysts or solid lumps can cause an abnormal mammogram. An ultrasound will then determine the consistency of the lump, whether it's a cystic lesion filled with water or a solid lump. Solid lumps could be cancerous.

Should I worry if I need a breast ultrasound?

If you feel a lump in your breast, or one shows up on your mammogram, your provider may recommend an ultrasound. A breast ultrasound produces detailed images of breast tissue. It can reveal if the lump is a fluid-filled cyst (usually not cancerous) or a solid mass that needs more testing.

Can a breast ultrasound tell the difference between cyst and tumor?

Healthcare doctors often use a breast ultrasound to determine whether a lump is a cyst or a tumor because an ultrasound can determine whether the suspicious area is solid or filled with fluid. Breast ultrasounds are painless, but you may be asked to change positions during the exam.

What can a breast ultrasound diagnose?

Ultrasound imaging of the breast uses sound waves to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast. It is used to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities found during a physical exam, or on a mammogram or breast MRI.

What are the most common findings in breast ultrasound?

Ultrasound is most suited to identify fluid-filled spaces such as cysts (cysts are masses that are definitely not cancer, as distinguished from other masses that may or may not be cancer). Ultrasound is also useful for examining both silicone and saline breast implants.

What makes a breast mass suspicious?

A breast lump that's painless, hard, unusual in shape and different from the breast tissue around it might be breast cancer. The skin covering the lump may thicken, change color or look red. It also may look flaky, dimpled or pitted like the skin of an orange. Your breast size and shape may change.

What is the purpose of a breast ultrasound scan?

A breast ultrasound scan is performed to evaluate and provide detailed images of the breast tissue. It is commonly used to investigate breast lumps, pain, or abnormalities detected during routine examinations or mammograms.

Is a breast ultrasound painful?

No, a breast ultrasound is typically not painful. The procedure involves the use of a handheld device (transducer) that is moved over the breast area. There is no compression or discomfort associated with the ultrasound itself.

Can a breast ultrasound detect breast cancer?

Yes, a breast ultrasound can help detect breast cancer, especially when used in conjunction with other imaging methods. It is often employed to assess abnormalities found on mammograms or to further evaluate suspicious lumps.

Are there any risks associated with a breast ultrasound?

Breast ultrasound is considered safe, with no exposure to ionizing radiation. It is a non-invasive procedure, and there are no known risks associated with the use of sound waves for imaging.

How long does a breast ultrasound take?

The duration of a breast ultrasound varies but is typically relatively quick, taking about 20 to 40 minutes. The length may depend on the complexity of the examination and whether additional views or evaluations are necessary.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for a breast ultrasound?

Generally, there is no specific preparation needed for a breast ultrasound. You can eat and drink normally before the procedure. However, it's advisable to wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the breast area.

How often should women have a breast ultrasound?

The frequency of breast ultrasounds depends on individual health factors and risk assessments. It is usually recommended as needed based on specific clinical indications, and your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate timing and frequency for your situation.

How my private ultrasound scan can accelerate proceeding my case in NHS ?

Following the private ultrasound scan in phoenix ultrasound clinic, you can expect to receive your results within 24 hours. Subsequently, you can efficiently share these results with your General Practitioner (GP) or NHS healthcare team. This streamlined process facilitates the continuation of ongoing treatments or the initiation of new ones.

When will I get the results?

You will receive your results verbally immediately after the scan. Following the appointment, the sonographer will review the images and prepare a written report within 24 hours, with any recommended actions. The report and images will be sent to you, allowing you to discuss the findings with your doctor or physiotherapist if necessary.

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