A 45-year-old female asked:
My mammogram was negative no lumps or masses found. why would my doctor recommend an ultrasound? they did say i had dense breasts.. very nervous
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Just being safe: Dense breasts in younger women can be hard to read with mammos so your doc wants to evaluate them with another modality. Don't get nervous, just get the ultrasound and make sure your doc keeps you updated of what it shows. Best to you.
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Radiology 16 years experience
Not sure...: I'm a breast radiologist. Something doesn't make sense. In the absence of symptoms (with negative mammo and physical exam), there is no indication for a diagnostic ultrasound. What occasionally happens is something worded in the mammogram report makes the referring physician uncomfortable and additional testing is unnecessarily ordered. I would call to clarify, but i wouldn't worry if i were you.
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Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
Dense breasts: are normal, but dense breasts are an independent risk factor for breast cancer, and can decrease the sensitivity of mammography for detecting cancer to lower than 50%.There are studies showing that the addition of adjunct screening ultrasound to mammography in dense breasts can almost double the sensitivity for cancer detection, and there are many around the country who are doing it,like your doc.
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