Ultrasound Breast Cyst Aspiration

Ultrasound is a safe procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and tissues within the body. A small hand-held scanning device, known as a probe, is placed on the skin.

Silent sound waves pass through the body’s organs, and echoes are shown as pictures on a screen and on film. Tissue, blood, bone, and fluid all produce different echoes.

Ultrasound is not radiation. Ultrasound has been used for medical testing since the 1960’s and has shown no harmful effects to patients.


You will be lying on your back with the area of interest uncovered. The technologist will scan your breast. The Radiologist will clean the area and may numb the skin with lidocaine. A needle will be inserted into the cyst and the fluid will be aspirated. The needle will be removed and you may be sent to mammography for 2 x-rays of your breast.

Procedure time: 30 – 60 minutes

Patient Preparation

  1. There is no dietary prep for this test.
  2. You may take normal medications if you are on any.

For Your Information:

You must have had a previous mammogram or ultrasound of the breast. If not done at JTDMH, you will need to bring/send them to JTDMH Radiology as soon as possible so the Radiologist (x-ray doctor) can review them prior to your exam.

You will need to arrive 1 hour prior to your exam. After registration you will go to an observation area prior to your exam. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and an assessment will be done before going to the Radiology Department.

  1. You will be taken back to this area for follow-up assessment.
  2. This test may be more comfortable if you don’t drink caffeinated beverages or eat chocolate until after the test.
  3. An ultrasound of the breast needs to be done before the day of the test (if you have not already had one done).
  4. Relax and follow instructions given to you by the Medical Imaging staff.
  5. If you have any questions, please call 419-394-3335 extension 3550 for assistance.

The Best Protection Is Early Detection

Grand Lake Health System
200 St. Clair Street, St. Marys,
Ohio 45885-2400
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