Superficial soft-tissue masses or lumps and bulps are common in clinical practice. Ultrasound is usually the first line of examination for these lumps felt in the body.
Ultrasound is widely available, quick and cheaper imaging modality when compared to MRI. In contrast to MRI ultrasound can also evaluate lesion vascularity using Doppler techniques. Follow-up examinations to evaluate any changes or the results of any treatment are also more convinient with ultrasound imaging.
The most common causes of lumps in the body are ganglion cysts, lipomas and sebaceous cysts which are all usually easily identifiable on ultrasound. Other common problems which can show on the scan are hernias, masses, cysts, and hematomas.
What is the purpose of this scan?
The purpose of this private scan is to evaluate:
- Specific area swelling
- Pain caused by a lump
- Trauma causing swelling
Reasons for having a soft tissue ultrasound scan:
What is included with this ultrasound scan?
- Ultrasound report and if needed, a follow-up recommendation.
No preparation for this scan is neccesary.
What should I expect during the soft tissue ultrasound scan?
Our sonographer will explaine the procedure before the scan.
You will be asked to lie on the examination table and expose the area, where the lump is. A small amount of gel will be placed on the skin and the ultrasound probe will be moved in different directions to evaluate the area with the swelling.
During and after the examination our sonographer will discuss with you the finding and a report will be issued to take away.