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what is the difference between a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound?

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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Different views.: A screening mammogram, typically, takes an x-ray of the breast from two views (a-p: anterior-posterior/front to back and cc (cranio-caudal: from top to bottom). Diagnostic mammograms use multiple views. Ultrasound, of course, uses a whole different technology (sound waves) focusing on the detection of solid and/or well defined structures (e.g. Cysts, etc..).
Answered on Dec 31, 2014
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
45 years experience Plastic Surgery
Great response Dr Pappachen....
Dec 31, 2014
Dr. Lynne clark
33 years experience Breast Surgery
Radiologist presence: A routine mammogram is done and reviewed later by a radiologist. A diagnostic mammogram is indicated when there is a problem and is read immediately by a radiologist to determine if further work up is indicated. Ultrasound is another modality which does not replace mammogram but helps us determine if there is a mass in the breasts and if it is cystic or solid suspicious or benign ( not cancer).
Answered on Jun 11, 2013
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Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
A screening: mammogram is a study of both breasts that is performed on asymptomatic women to try and detect signs of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram consists of special views, and is usually targeted to a specific area of the breast, to further evaluate a potential abnormality seen on screening mammo or felt on clinical exam.
Answered on Jul 18, 2014
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Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
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Ultrasound uses sound waves rather than xrays to generate an image. Usually it is used to further evaluate a mammographic or physical finding, or as the breast imaging modality of first choice in younger women. Its role as a screening tool(particularly in dense breasts) is evolving.
Jul 18, 2014

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