What is a Soft Tissue Ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. It is also known as sonography.
A soft tissue ultrasound scan serves to image a mass felt in the superficial tissue of the patient. It is a quick, non-invasive way of determining the characteristics of the mass in order to come to a diagnosis.
A soft tissue ultrasound is done to see if a lump is a cyst, meaning if it has fluid in it and is likely not cancer, or if it is solid and more likely a tumor. The scan may be used to provide information about a tumor or surrounding tissues and organs, and to precisely locate the position of a tumor in order to guide a needle biopsy.
Preparing For Your Soft Tissue Ultrasound
- You may wear your own clothing, such as jogging, leggings, or sweat pants, as long as there are no metal fasteners, zippers, buttons, etc. Hospital gowns are available.
- Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home, if possible, or removed prior to the scan.
Walk-in Patients: Please be sure to bring the signed order from your physician requesting the examination and your insurance card.
How Soon Will Scan Results Be Available?
Your images are reviewed, and results interpreted by one of our qualified doctors who specializes in reading images (radiologist). The Radiologist will prepare a report, which is electronically sent to your doctor as soon as available, usually within 24-48 hours.
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