Guilford Radiology acquires the Top Rated Ultrasound equipment, the EPIQ 7.
Guilford Radiology’s new Ultrasound Unit
The Philips EPIQ 7 ultrasound machine is top rated and the highest quality unit available. To our patients, this means that you will get the best, most accurate exam possible.
What is Breast Ultrasound?
Ultrasound imaging, sometimes referred to as sonography, is a noninvasive medical procedure used to capture images in real time using sound waves, not radiation. Ultrasounds show the structure and movement of organs and blood flowing through blood vessels.
Breast ultrasound can be used in 2 ways:
Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound
This exam is used to help diagnose breast abnormalities seen on mammography or evaluate a breast lump, nipple discharge or other breast problem. The Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound is usually used in combination with mammogram. In young patients under 30 years old, the Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound will usually be the first test done to help evaluate a breast problem.
Screening Breast Ultrasound
It has been determined that women with Dense Breasts on mammography can benefit from a Bilateral Screening Breast Ultrasound exam, to find early breast cancers not visible in the dense breast tissue. Sometime a screening breast ultrasound is also used for patients who are at high risk for breast cancer.
Please note that a recent change in Connecticut law now requires more communication about mammographic breast density to patients to help with the early detection of breast cancer. S.B. 458 requires all mammography reports given to a patient on and after October 1, 2009 to include information about breast density. Click here for more information on this law.
How do I prepare for the exam?
Most ultrasound exams do not require any preparation prior to the exam. Wear comfortable clothing around the area to be scanned. You may also be asked to wear a gown. If you have previously had a breast ultrasound at another imaging facility, please contact that facility to obtain those images prior to your exam so that we can compare them.
What happens during the test?
Our technologist will take a brief medical history. You will be asked to lie down on the scanning table. One of our Board certified ultrasound technologist will place a clear gel on your breast. The ultrasound transducer will be placed against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area of interest. The transducer is a small hand-held device that resembles a microphone, attached to an ultrasound machine by a cord. After the exam, the gel is wiped off and you may you may resume normal activities. Ultrasounds typically take 30 minutes depending on the exam performed.
Your doctor(s) will receive a full detailed written report from our highly trained radiologists within one day. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of customer service and image quality in a caring and supportive environment. If you would like to speak to the Radiologist about your exam at the time of your visit, please let the technologist know. We are always happy to speak to our patients at Guilford Radiology.
If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, feel free to call us at 203-453-5123 or contact us online.