Soft Tissue Ultrasound (Lumps and Bumps) Excluding Breast
Many patients come to their doctor with complaints related to the soft tissues, e.g., infection, injury, and abnormal masses. Ultrasound is often the first method used to evaluate such complaints because of its ready availability and lack of ionising radiation.
Preparation for your Soft Tissue Ultrasound
There is generally no preparation required. You should just wear lose fitting clothes over the area to be examined.
How the Test is Performed
You will generally be lying down for the procedure. A clear, water-based conducting gel is applied to the skin over the area to be examined. This helps with the transmission of the sound waves, allows for smooth movement of the transducer over the skin and eliminates air between the skin and the transducer to allow for the best sound conduction.
A handheld probe called a transducer is then moved over the area of interest until the area has been examined and the desired images have been captured. You may need to change position so that the doctor can look at the area from different angles.
How long does the procedure take?
Usually the test takes less 20 minutes.
What will I experience during the procedure?
There is usually no discomfort from the transducer being pressed against the area to be examined. Once the imaging is complete, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any residual gel will dry to a powder. The ultrasound gel does not stain or discolour clothing.
When will I get my results?
The report will be faxed to the referring doctor within 2 hours of your examination.
Some of the indications for Soft Tissue Ultrasound.
- Soft tissue nodules
- Non-tumourous masses (bursae/ganglia/cysts etc)
- Lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes)
- Inflammatory swellings
- Traumatic swellings
- Locate foreign bodies