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A 44-year-old member asked:

Which test is more accurate in detecting breast cancer recurrence: a pet or an ultrasound?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 24 years experience
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)-pet is better. They are both great tests. If you have concerns, i recommend contacting your oncology team and consider getting a second opinion.
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
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 for potentially abnormal growing cells in the beast, and can also look at the entire body for abnormal cells. A biopsy would likely be needed to confirm a radiology finding.
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