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An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the interior of the human body. These images are displayed on a monitor and can then be transferred to digital copies.

What happens during breast ultrasound?

The scanner uses the same technology as the sonar used by ships. During your scan a microphone is passed over your breast. The sound waves bounce off internal organs, fluids and tissue and are passed back through the microphone to a computer. The computer turns these sound waves into images that are displayed on a monitor.

You will be taken to a private area by one of our consultant radiologists. A clear gel will be spread on the area to be scanned. This gel helps to transmit the sound waves to the microphone. The microphone is pressed onto your skin and moved  back and forth over the area being scanned. The scan will appear on the monitor.

Breast ultrasound usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Once your examination is complete you can get dressed and resume your normal activities.

How will I know the results of my breast ultrasound?

One of our ultrasound experts will read and interpret the images and send a report to your GP or consultant. Be sure and ask how long you should expect to wait for the results before you leave.

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Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ


Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
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2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
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Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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