OSF St. Joseph Medical Center


Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the internal structures of the breast.

Most ultrasounds are painless, quick, and easy. The breast ultrasound is generally completed within 30 minutes.

This test is typically used to differentiate between solid tumors and fluid-filled cysts.

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy

Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is a minimally-invasive procedure performed when a breast lump or abnormality is too small to be felt.

Radiologists are able to find abnormalities with the images provided by the ultrasound. After local anesthetic is injected, the radiologist will locate the lump and insert the biopsy needle.

Because the incision is so small, no sutures are needed. The entire procedure typically lasts less than an hour.

ACR Accreditation

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is accredited in breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.

The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.