An ultrasound is an additional screening and diagnostic tool. At Akira of Albany, we provide both breast ultrasound and pelvic ultrasound exams. Ultrasounds are non-invasive, and, as the name suggests, use soundwaves to produce uniquely detailed images. Most importantly in cancer detection, they can be used to conclude whether or not an observed mass is fluid-filled or solid.
What to expect during a
The Day of Your Exam
Ready to go?
- Eat normally, drink normally—no special dietary prep is needed.
- Wear comfortable clothes, and please leave jewelry at home. Or stow it in a safe place.
Your Breast Ultrasound
Is it really this easy? ...yes.
- After visiting the reception desk and filling out the appropriate paperwork, a tech will lead you to a private changing room. You'll have to wear a gown from the waist up for this one.
- In the exam room, you'll be asked to lie flat on your back, or possibly on your side (likely with your arms above your head), to get the best possible images.
- The sonographer will apply a water-based gel to the skin to make sure that they can make good contact with the transducer (the wand used to convert soundwaves into pictures).
- Though a slight pressure is applied, this procedure is generally not uncomfortable unless the area being examined already feels sore or tender.
- Duration is about 30 minutes, and then we'll clean that goop off and set you free!
A pelvic ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic exam. It's used to view female pelvic organs, including the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
Outside of pregnancy, a provider may order a pelvic ultrasound to:
- Establish whether a growth or mass is a fluid-filled or solid
- Determine the cause of abnormal bleeding
- View the structural composition of female reproductive organs
- Diagnose unexplained pelvic pain
- View placement of an IUD (intrauterine device)
- Determine the cause of infertility
Pelvic Ultrasounds may be performed transabdominally, on the surface of the abdomen or transvaginally, through the vagina, based on which organs your radiologist needs to view. Otherwise, the process and procedure is similar to that of a breast ultrasound.