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Ultrasound Screening Specialist

Elizabeth Arena, MD

Board Certified Surgical Oncologist & Director, Breast Center at Surgery Group LA located in Los Angeles, CA

Ultrasound screening is a valuable tool to help determine your breast health and identify risks associated with breast cancer and other breast conditions. Elizabeth Arena, MD, of Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, offers in-office ultrasound, eliminating the need for scheduling outpatient imaging elsewhere and allowing for faster results. To schedule your ultrasound screening, call the practice or schedule an appointment online with her office today.

Ultrasound Screening Q & A

What is ultrasound screening?

Ultrasound is a valuable technology that uses sound waves and radiographic imaging to visualize the internal structures of the body. Dr. Arena uses ultrasound to get a clearer picture of your breast tissue.

Ultrasound is especially helpful when trying to distinguish between the density of breast tissues, whether areas in question are made of solid material or filled with fluid. This test is safe, noninvasive, and doesn’t use radiation.

Ultrasound screening is one of several diagnostic tools that may help with early detection of breast cancer or other breast conditions. Ultrasound technology is also helpful in guiding the precise extraction of tissues or fluid during a biopsy. 

Why do I need an ultrasound screening?

Typically, Dr. Arena orders a breast ultrasound to help identify the underlying cause or nature of breast abnormalities found through a clinical exam or another screening.

She may order ultrasound screening when you have:

  • Breast lumps
  • Breast pain 
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Symptoms of a breast infection or abscess
  • A history of fibrocystic breasts
  • A higher-than-average risk for breast cancer
  • Breast health concerns during pregnancy

Usually, breast ultrasound supplements other types of diagnostic studies and is most effective when combined with a breast MRI, mammogram, or biopsy.

What does an ultrasound screening entail?

Dr. Arena offers an in-office ultrasound, which allows for easier scheduling and less wait time when you are anxious for results. There is no preparation necessary for your ultrasound appointment.

During the ultrasound screening, Dr. Arena takes images of your breast tissues and then takes time to explain the results with you. She discusses any other treatments or plans of care indicated by the ultrasound.

If you need an ultrasound screening, call to speak with a staff member or schedule an appointment online with the office of Elizabeth Arena, MD today.