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What is the difference between an mammogram and a ultrasound

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Imaging: Different imaging studies. Mammogram is usually to see breast tissue. If there is any cyst in breast sometimes ultrasound is ordered to see if this is ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Different views.: A screening mammogram, typically, takes an x-ray of the breast from two views (a-p: anterior-posterior/front to back and cc (cranio-caudal: from top t ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean Canale
29 years experience Breast Surgery
Sound vs xrays: Mammograms use xrays to image the breast tissue. Screening mmgs involve 2 views (mlo, cc) of each whole breast. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produ ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Mammogram/Ultrasound: The mammogram (mg) and ultrasound(us) show breast tissue in different ways. The mg is better for women with fatty breasts. The us can help tell if a ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
25 years experience Radiology
Sonar vs Xray: Breast ultrasound use sound waves (i.e. Sonar) and are used to determine if a lump is solid, (usually require biopsy) or a cyst (a fluid containing le ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
"Apples and Oranges": A mammogram is an excellent (and inexpensive) screening test, meaning that it is designed to find cancers too small to detect by palpation. In contra ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
27 years experience Breast Surgery
Purpose: The purpose of a screening mammogram is to identify breast cancer in women who have no signs of disease, while the purpose of a diagnostic mammogram i ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
A : A mammogram is essentially an x-ray image of the breast. Ultrasound uses sound waves to generate an image of the area being imaged. Mammography is usu ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
22 years experience Gynecology
Sometimes: Not all radiographic testing is 100% diagnostic. Sometimes you need additional testing to see areas of the breast more clearly. I would discuss this ... Read More
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