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What does a breast ultrasound tell you? i found a lump in my breast and am scheduled for an ultrasound to get a better look. what exactly will the dr be able to tell from the ultrasound?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Breast : Breast ultrasound is useful to further characterize breast lesions. Ultrasound it is excellent for detecting in characterizing cysts (well circumscribed fluid pockets). Ultrasound can also be used determine if the lesion could represent a benign fibroadenoma. Ultrasound can also be used to evaluate for enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits and around the breasts. It can also be used two evaluate if there are large vessels associated with a mass.
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Breast Surgery 47 years experience
The type of the lump: Using an ultrasound, most of the time a breast lump can be categorized as a cyst which is usually benign or a solid lump which is commonly benign but sometimes it may be cancerous. If there is sfficient degree of suspicion, the reviewing physician may recommend a biopsy. Occasionally the lump may be just thickened breast tissue. Pease follow thru with your test. In addition at your age a mammogram is also recommnded.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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