Vancouver Radiologists, P.C. is proud to be a regional leader in breast ultrasound services, accredited by the American College of Radiology or (ACR), and to have on staff, radiologists and technologists who have achieved the highest standard of expertise through national certifications and specialties. Among our radiologists, you will find breast imaging fellowship trained and board certified physicians and our ultrasound technologists are registered members of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) with a specialty in breast ultrasound.
What is Breast Ultrasound?
Breast ultrasound can assist in the diagnostic evaluation of breast tissue and is often used to assist in distinguishing between fluid and solid, including variation of densities commonly found in the breast. Ultrasound “waves” are used to produce an image of the breast that compliments the mammogram when additional imaging evaluation is recommended. No radiation is involved and the exams are typically painless.
These exams require an order from your physician and are not considered preventative by health insurance providers due to the presence of symptoms or a suspicious area that requires further evaluation. A co-pay and/or deductible may apply. Please check with your health insurance provider regarding your specific plan benefits.
During a Breast Ultrasound
A technologist will review your clinical history prior to examination. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your exam, please ask your technologist. The technologist will ensure the images taken are complete and accurate, before you leave the clinic; however please note, they do not interpret the images.
After a Breast Ultrasound
Our radiologists will review and interpret your ultrasound images. Per MQSA guidelines, we are required to provide written exam results to both you and your physician, on all breast related studies. If further imaging evaluation is recommended, you may be contacted by either your physician or our Patient Navigator on behalf of your physician, before you receive the written results in the mail.
As always, if you have questions or concerns at any time, please contact us and ask to speak to one of our Patient Navigators at (360)254-4914.
In the case of all diagnostic breast exams, patients are consulted and provided preliminary verbal results prior to leaving the breast center.