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How accurate is an ultrasound for breast cancer

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Very: When ultrasounds are used to evaluate a palpable lump or a mammographic abnormality, a directed ultrasound can very accurately differentiate a benign ... Read More
Dr. Chand Rohatgi
37 years experience General Surgery
Very accurate: Breast cancer usually makes or presents as a mass or tumor or a lump. Ultrasound is very accurate in such cases and may be used to do a biopsy.
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Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
It depends: on what specifically you are asking. Ultrasound can be used for screening asymptomatic women, it can be used in a diagnostic setting to evaluate lump ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mohamed Elmongy
46 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Breast Cancer test: Radiology specialist will review your ultrasound and give us the ideal report. If there is questionable abnormality then MRI scan will need to be don ... Read More
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Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
It is a complementry: Ultrasound is useful test commonly done after a mammogram. It can make a distinction between solid(likely to be cancer) and cystic (usually benign)str ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
23 years experience Breast Surgery
Depends: This depends on if your are looking for local recurrence in the breast (ultrasound can help) or distant recurrence (in other organs outside the breast ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
39 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Depends on what one is looking for. An ultrasound would only look at the breast and is often used in conjunction with a mammogram. A pet scan looks fo ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
MY OPINION ONLY: The only sure and certain way of determining the cause of a mass in the breast is BIOPSY and (if possible) EXCISIONAL biopsy. This is not true of simp ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Filly
26 years experience Radiology
Depends: Generally, screening mammography is adequate. If you have sense breasts, then ultrasound can help. If you have a palpable lump then you should have a ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
45 years experience Hematology and Oncology
What they see.: Mammograms use x-rays to evaluate the breast. They look for abnormal deposits of calcium that can be a sign of breast cancer. Ultrasound is used for ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
17 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Ultrasounds and mammograms, though very helpful, are not perfect and on rare occasions can miss breast cancers.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
Sometimes yes: But diagnostic tests are never 100%. False negatives and false positives occur with some frequency. This is also true with mammogram and MRI. Breas ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herbert Hoover
51 years experience General Practice
It can in some cases: Depending upon the tissue density of a breast cancer relative to the density of the surrounding normal breast tissue, many breast cancers can be detec ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Brown
44 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Occasionally something will show up on ultrasound and not be visible on mammography. The reverse can also be true, and you also cannot assume a palpab ... Read More
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