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why do I need an ultrasound after a mammogram

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Your : Your healthcare provider most likely wants to examine some tissue further. Ultrasounds can detect tissue abnormalities using ultrasound. It is prudent ... Read More
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Dr. Eric Brown
31 years experience Breast Surgery
Addtional Testing: Ultrasound is an additional test to evaluate a finding on a mammogram. If there is a lump, ultrasound can determine cystic vs. Solid (mammogram typic ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
Complete the workup: What is true: mammogram was not completely normal. You need additional testing to try to determine the cause and significance of the finding. If ... Read More
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A 34-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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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Screen v. Diagnostic: A screening exam is done on anyone at risk for a disease in the absence of any symptoms. A diagnostic exam is done to evaluate a specific abnormality ... Read More
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Different techniques: They are different technologies/techniques to view breast tissue. They both have important roles in looking at breast tissue.
A 48-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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Dr. Carl Decker
23 years experience Radiology
Very common: Especially if you or your physician were able to feel something, ultrasound is frequently requested following a mammogram, even if the mammogram is no ... Read More
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Sometimes: It is relatively common to use ultrasound to further evaluate mammographic findings. Perhaps if you talk to the imaging facility manager they can do ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fink
38 years experience Family Medicine
It's the main test: Mammography is the primary screening exam to look for breast abnormalities. If something abnormal is found, some further mammographic studies (additi ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unclear result: The vast majority of the time this is requested, benign findings are found, it simply means that the radiologist felt like more imaging was needed to ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Both breasts: Bilateral means both sides. If after a mammogram of both breasts a bilateral ultrasound is recommended, an ultrasound on both breasts is what they sug ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Grissom
42 years experience Radiology
Yes: The mammogram is the gold standard for breast cancer screening. Only a mammogram can discover microcalcifications which may be the only sign of early ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Clinical breast exam: Have you had your doctor do a clinical breast examination(CBE)? A mammogram should always be accompanied by a breast examination done by a health care ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
You don't: need both unless you have a lump, abnormal mammogram, or other breast symptom. If you had a normal mammogram, the only potential indications for ultr ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: If you have a lump that can be felt, it's likely the radiologist will want an ultrasound as well as mammogram. Mammogram uses x-rays to see calcificat ... Read More

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