Breast Ultrasound Technologist Career

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breast ultrasound uses sound waves in order to create a picture of the tissues inside the breast. A breast ultrasound can show all parts of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall, which is difficult to examine during a mammogram session which is a 2D X-Ray or during a regular clinical breast exam. The breast scan helps to provide images of all layers and angles of the breast.

For a breast ultrasound, a small handheld device called a transducer is gently passed back and forth over the breast. The sound wave is turned into a picture in the computer to represent a breast scan.

Why It Is Done

Breast ultrasound can add important information to the results of other tests, such as a mammogram or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It can usefully provide information to an undiagnosed disease not found in a mammogram. A breast ultrasound may be done to:

  • Find the cause of breast symptoms, such as pain, swelling, and redness.
  • Check a breast lump found on breast self-examination or physical examination. A lump that has no fluid or that has fluid with floating particles may need more tests.
  • Check abnormal results from a mammogram.
  • Look at the breasts in younger women because their breast tissue is often denser, and a mammogram may not show as much detail.
  • Guide the placement of a needle or other tube to drain a collection of fluid (cyst) or pus (abscess), take a sample of breast tissue (biopsy), or guide breast surgery.
  • Watch for changes in the size of a cyst or a noncancerous lump (fibroadenoma).
  • See how far cancer has spread in a breast and in which stage it is.
  • Help to identify the location of the breast tissue where surgery or biopsy needs to be done.

Risks

Breast ultrasound does not use X-rays or any other types of harmful radiation. Besides, there are no known risks in having a breast ultrasound test.

Career Opportunities

Ultrasound Sonography due to its reliable and accurate diagnosis and safe imaging process (no radiation involved) is becoming one of the most highly sought occupations for medical professionals.

DID YOU KNOW?

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer jobs are projected to increase by 40% between 2012 and 2022.

  • Job Outlook (2012-2022): 46.0% growth
  • Job openings due to growth and replacement needs (2012-2022): will increase sufficiently as more immigrants are immigrating
  • Annual Mean Wage (May 2013): $65,000
  • 16th Best Health Care Job in 2014 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 26th of the 100 Best Jobs in 2014 (U.S. News & World Report)
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