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what is the difference between an breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

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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 mass is solid or cystic (fluid filled). It can also give a better picture for women who have dense breasts. The tests are often used together to help determine what is going on.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Mammo vs ultrasound: A mammogram is a low dose X-ray of the breasts. An ultrasound utilizes sound waves to generate images. Mammo is currently the standard of care for screening, ultrasound has an adjunct or problem solving role.
Answered on Jul 22, 2014

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