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If a lump in the breast is detected via ultrasound, is the only solution to know if it is benign or not is by taking a biopsy?

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Dr. Joseph Accurso answered

Specializes in Radiology

To know what the lump is, assuming it is not a simple cyst, a biopsy is needed to get tissue from it and look at the cells under a microscope. However, the ultrasound appearance can sometimes predict what the biopsy shows, based on the presence or absence of specific findings on the ultrasound image. Please see a breast health professional to discuss options based on the particular situation.

Answered Apr 27, 2013

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Dr. Michael Gabor answered

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology

Sometimes benign features are so characteristic on ultrasound that there is little chance of malignancy, and the lesion can be safely followed with serial imaging. Otherwise, biopsy is probably indicated.

Answered Jun 11, 2014

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