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When is an ultrasound screening a good idea?

An ultrasound is a safe, radiation-free imaging tool that can assist your doctor in evaluating causes of pain, swelling, bloating, a lump, or abnormal lab results (for example, elevated liver enzymes or abnormal urinalysis results).


Available Screenings:

  • Abdominal, Complete 

    • Includes everything above the belly button: liver, gallbladder, common bile duct, pancreas, both kidneys, spleen, aorta, and inferior vena cava.

    • Checks for cysts, tumors, liver disease, gallbladder stones, kidney stones, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), hernias, and more.​

  • Abdominal, Limited 

    • Evaluates a single organ or quadrant (for example, the right upper quadrant to assess the liver and/or gallbladder), checking for organ enlargement, cysts, tumors, hernias, stones, etc. in that particular region.

  • Abdominal Aorta Screening 

    • Recommended for those at risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be life threatening and may not present with any pain or symptoms. If you have family history of AAA or are a male age 65-75 and have smoked 100 or more cigarettes in your lifetime, an AA screening is recommended.

  • Breast Ultrasound, Bilateral 

    • Includes examination of both breasts and underarms, checking for lumps, fibroids, cysts, enlarged lymph nodes, increased vascularities and more.​

  • Breast Ultrasound, Unilateral  

    • Includes examination of one breast and its corresponding underarm, checking for lumps, fibroids, cysts, enlarged lymph nodes, increased vascularities and more.

  • Carotid Artery Ultrasound

    • Checks both carotid arteries in the neck for blockages or narrowing, which can increase risk of stroke.​

  • Thyroid Ultrasound

    • Checks the thyroid for cysts, nodules, tumors, swelling or enlargement (goiter), and evidence of Hashimoto's (an autoimmune thyroid condition).​

  • Renal (Kidney) Ultrasound

    • Checks both kidneys for cysts, tumors, abscesses, obstructions, fluid collection and infection within or around the kidneys.​

  • Testicular Ultrasound

    • Can determine whether a lump in the scrotum or testicles is solid or fluid-filled, evaluates for possible testicular torsion, and problems with blood flow in the scrotum.​

  • Superficial Mass Ultrasound

    • Evaluates a palpable lump present on the body (in the neck or leg, etc.) to provide your doctor with valuable information on the characteristics present. Superficial masses can be due to a variety of conditions such as a ganglion cyst, lipoma, enlarged lymph node, fatty or benign tumor, or cancer. If the lump is present in the breast region, schedule a breast ultrasound. If the lump is present in the abdomen, schedule an abdominal ultrasound.​

All ultrasound services include:

  • Imaging session with an experienced Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

  • Read by board-certified radiologists

  • Results sent to you and/or your referring doctor (doctor's order is not necessary). Results take approximately 2 weeks to come back

  • Copy of your images on disc 

Why breast ultrasounds are a smart addition

  • An ultrasound can increase the detection of breast cancer from approximately 48% to 97%, particularly in women with dense breasts

  • Ultrasounds outperform 3D mammograms in women with dense breasts, according to a study conducted in Italy, increasing detection rates of breast cancer by 75%


  • Ultrasounds are safe, easy, pain-free and radiation-free


  • No painful compression of breast tissue 


  • Entire chest can be imaged, including underarms where lymph nodes can be evaluated


  • Safely images breasts with implants, no risk of rupture


  • No limitation for varying breast sizes, small or large


  • Available for women who would like additional breast imaging, such as younger women or women with concerns due to family history, BRCA gene mutations, and other risk factors

The above images illustrate the impact of breast density on mammography images and the increased difficulty in detection of breast cancer in dense breasts.
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