Breast Ultrasound Screening in Tulsa, Ok

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What is Breast Ultrasound Imaging?

Breast ultrasound is where we use ultrasound to see the inside tissue of the breast for any pathology or disease processes.

A breast ultrasound is a preferred method of mammogram due to no radiation during an ultrasound exam.

The blood from the heart is carried through the body by a complex network of blood vessels, and arteries take blood away from the heart.

The main artery is the aorta, which branches into major arteries that take blood to different limbs and organs.

These major arteries include the carotid artery, which takes blood to the brain, the brachial arteries, which take blood to the arms, and the thoracic artery, which takes blood to the thorax and then into the hepatic, renal, and gastric arteries for the liver, kidney, and stomach, respectively.

The iliac artery takes blood to the lower limbs. The major arteries diverge into minor arteries, and then smaller vessels called arterioles, reach more deeply into the muscles and organs of the body.

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What are some common uses of the procedure?

Determining the Nature of a Breast Abnormality:

Breast tissue, in and of itself, can feel somewhat lumpy and sponge-like, so it can be hard to know if what you’re feeling is an actual lump or just normal breast tissue.

A breast lump will feel like a distinct mass that’s noticeably more solid than the rest of your breast tissue. Lumps can range in size from the size of a pea to larger than a golf ball and may or may not be movable.

More often than not, breast lumps are harmless. But, any lump could potentially be breast cancer, and it’s impossible for a woman to determine whether her lump is cancerous or benign just by feeling it.

Additionally, having a family history of breast cancer makes it more likely that a lump could be cancerous.

Supplemental Breast Cancer Screening:

Among the additional tests that are available, one is screening breast tissue with magnetic resonance imaging (Breast MRI). A breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test that is sometimes performed along with a screening mammogram in women with at least a 20% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.

It is often done in women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer to measure the size and extent of the breast cancer.

An ultrasound of the breast is the use of medical ultrasonography to perform imaging of the breast. It can be considered either a diagnostic or a screening procedure.

Both MRI and Ultrasound are able to detect cancer better than mammography, which is why either of these tests increases cancer detection over mammography alone.

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Ultrasound-guided Breast Biopsy:

An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses sound waves to help locate a lump or abnormality and remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope.

It is less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring, and does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation.

There are some features that make a lump particularly concerning, including:

  • Changes in the skin over the lump
  • Nipple changes, including enlargement or bloody discharge
  • Changes in the size of the lump

How is the Procedure Performed?

We put gel on the transducer/wand and apply it to the breast, then scan over the breast while taking images of the tissue.

If any pathology is found, we mark where it is seen and measure it, looking for blood flow to that pathology which can indicate cancer.

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