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Hoe accurate is breast ultrasound. Grainy lump checked twice by 2 different doctors. They say normal tissue. Do fibrocystic lump feel like small bb's?

Hoe accurate is breast ultrasound. Grainy lump checked twice by 2 different doctors. They say normal tissue. Do fibrocystic lump feel like small bb's?

Complex Question: The accuracy of breast ultrasound depends on many factors, including your overall breast density, medical history, family history, age, & prior surgeries. There are too many factors to go into in this forum. Use HealthTap Prime or talk to a doctor who you know well about your concerns with answers to the above. Fibrocystic breasts can feel like BBs, but changes over time can be worrisome. MRI? ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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How accurate is an ultrasound for breast cancer?

How accurate is an ultrasound for breast cancer?

Very: When ultrasounds are used to evaluate a palpable lump or a mammographic abnormality, a directed ultrasound can very accurately differentiate a benign tumor from a malignant one. Nevertheless, it is best to not rely exclusively on an ultrasound and to proceed to tissue diagnosis via biopsy, especially for women over age 40. ...Read more

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What is the accuracy of breast cancer ultrasound?

What is the accuracy of breast cancer ultrasound?

It is a complementry: Ultrasound is useful test commonly done after a mammogram. It can make a distinction between solid (likely to be cancer) and cystic (usually benign)strutures. The accuracy of ultrasound is operator dependent...So a good/experienced radiologist can make good use of this test for accurate dignosis. ...Read more

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How accurate would 3 previous ultrasounds and mammograms in the space of 5 years be on a simple breast cyst? Could that diagnosis be wrong?

How accurate would 3 previous ultrasounds and mammograms in the space of 5 years be on a simple breast cyst? Could that diagnosis be wrong?

Room for error: Any diagnostic medical test has room for error. The best diagnostic tool for a perceived breast cyst is fine needle aspiration/biopsy by a MD. ...Read more

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Will a breast ultrasound be accurate on last day or a day after period are gone? Thank you

Will a breast ultrasound be accurate on last day or a day after period are gone? Thank you

Depends: Accuracy of breast imaging is determined by many factors including age, breat density, and the nature of the lesion being evaluated. The radiologist will determine if the images were adequate. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How is a biopsy taken of a palpable breast lump if it doesn't show up in ultrasound or mammogram? Wondering how they accurately guide the needle?

How is a biopsy taken of a palpable breast lump if it doesn't show up in ultrasound or mammogram? Wondering how they accurately guide the needle?

They can do it: By palpation. Another imaging option is Breast MRI. It is highly sensitive for carcinoma. If it is negative, you may not need a biopsy. If it is positive, biopsy could be performed with MRI guidance. ...Read more

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Small grainy lump in breast. Hard and painful before period. Ultrasound 2 times, they say normal tissue. Is ultrasound accurate to tell it is normal?

Small grainy lump in breast. Hard and painful before period. Ultrasound 2 times, they say normal tissue. Is ultrasound accurate to tell it is normal?

Not always: The chances are your condition is secondary to fibrocystic condition. However any lump in the breast requires complete evaluation and work up to rule out a potential malignancy. Ultrasound is an excellent test but it is very dependable on the equipment used and the person performing and interpreting it. You need to have a clinical exam by a breast care provider and may need imaging studies. ...Read more

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Should follow up breast ultrasounds after benign biopsy be done at the same facility for consistency purposes?

Should follow up breast ultrasounds after benign biopsy be done at the same facility for consistency purposes?

Yes: It is usually helpful to have your mammograms and ultrasounds done at the same facility. It is easier for radiologist to compare results. Take care! ...Read more

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My right breast has some thickening that I can visualy see when I lean back. It is like a hump. I have had an ultrasound and it was ok still worry?

My right breast has some thickening that I can visualy see when I lean back. It is like a hump. I have had an ultrasound and it was ok still worry?

Likely okay: At 39, an ultrasound is the best detection for lesions that are precursors to breast cancer. Mammograms can help, but ultrasound is likely better. If you're worried about the interpretation, you could always seek a second opinion from another breast expert and has him/her to read your film, or ask for a digital mammogram. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors, good idea. ...Read more

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Multpl fibroadomata in breasts found in '03 follow up ultrasound shows 2 'new' hypoechoic nodules since other nodules unaltered. Is this normal? 41yrs

Multpl fibroadomata in breasts found in '03 follow up ultrasound shows 2 'new' hypoechoic nodules since other nodules unaltered. Is this normal? 41yrs

Fibroadenomas: Patients with numerous benign appearing nodules/fibroadenomas tend to have.....numerous nodules. It is not desirable, to attempt to document every one if they all look the same. So it is not at all unusual for a tech to document "new" lesions on follow up. You can see how this could lead to endless, and unnecessary, short interval follow ups. If they all look benign and similar, no worries. ...Read more

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How is a breast ultrasound done?

How is a breast ultrasound done?

Jelly; probe: Ultrasound operator places some aqueous jelly on the breast ; then scans using ultrasound probe, about size of a cany bar. Probe is moved back ; forth whilst operator watches a video screen. Jelly is wiped off at end of study. Operator is either a dr/radiologist, dr/gynecologist (if trained) or an ultrasound technician ; study is reviewed by a dr. ...Read more

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Does a breast ultrasound have any risks?

Does a breast ultrasound have any risks?

There: Are no known risks after more than 40 years of clinical experience. ...Read more

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How long does a breast ultrasound take to do?

How long does a breast ultrasound take to do?

Not too long: A breast ultrasound usually only takes between 20-40 minutes, but is somewhat operator dependent. An experienced ultrasonographer can be fairly rapid. However it is more important for them to be thorough and experienced rather than quick. ...Read more

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What is the general cost of breast ultrasound?

Varies: Unfortunately, this is difficult to answer. Costs vary based on city, site/location, practice. Best way to figure that out is either call your insurance agent, or if no insurance- call around and find out who might be the best choice for you. Talk to your physician; at times, they may have information to help you here. ...Read more

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Bilateral breast ultrasound. What does this mean?

Bilateral breast ultrasound. What does this mean?

Means: They will do an ultrasound study of both breasts, please ask the doc who ordered yoru test if you have any questions about what is being done or what anything means it is yoru doc's job to explain that to u. ...Read more

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Help please! When should I get my first breast ultrasound?

Help please! When should I get my first breast ultrasound?

There is a growing: Trend to perform screening ultrasounds in addition to mammography for patients with mammographically dense breasts due to the decreased sensitivity of mammo in that scenario, so talk to your doc to see if it is appropriate in your case. There are no consensus guidelines on this at this point. ...Read more

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What happens if your breast ultrasound comes back abnormal?

What happens if your breast ultrasound comes back abnormal?

It depends: On the level of suspicion of the abnormality, which is based on various imaging features and (usually) correlation with mammography. If the abnormality is deemed "probably benign" (BIRADS 3, less than 2% chance of malignancy), the usual management is 6 month follow up. If it is suspicious (BIRADS 4 or 5), biopsy would be indicated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: breast ultrasound?

Sound Pictures of br: Ultrasound exam of breast is defined as sound pictures of the breasts
it uses sound waves to make a picture of the tissue inside your breast. It shows all areas of breast and is often used to for breast lumps to see if filled with fluid (cysts)or solid
it does not use any radiation or xrays. ...Read more

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What does a normal breast ultrasound look like in a healthy person?

What does a normal breast ultrasound look like in a healthy person?

Black&White&Gray: Normal breast tissue will look gray on ultrasound; near the nipple, it is common to see ducts which can have a honeycomb pattern. Most importantly, cancers look very different than normal breast tissue. To the untrained eye, ultrasounds are like a rorschach test--you can see what you want to see in them. ...Read more

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When should I get my first breast ultrasound? What age is appropriate?

When should I get my first breast ultrasound? What age is appropriate?

Breast ultrasound: Diagnostic ultrasound (US) is performed to evaluate a specific breast symptom (e.g., lump) and may be performed at any age. Screening US is performed to detect cancer in women with no breast symptoms, and should be performed in combination with annual mammograms (MG) beginning at age 40. MG still remains very important for detection of some small breast cancers that can easily be missed by US. ...Read more

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Does an ultrasound of the breast mean I don't have to take a mammogram?

No: Ultrasound is used to further define mammographic findings. It is not a substitute for the mammogram. ...Read more

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Can you see the difference between benign and malignant breast lesions by ultrasound?

Can you see the difference between benign and malignant breast lesions by ultrasound?

Not definitely: There are suggestive ultrasound finding to try to distinguish between benign and malignant lesions. If a nodule shows up as a simple cyst then it is almost certainly benign. Solid nodules that measure higher than they are wide tend to malignant. The only definite way to tell is to get a biopsy. ...Read more

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My mammogram and ultrasound all turned out negative but right breast still hurts like crazy. What do I do?

See your doctor for: Ask your doctor for help. You will benefit from a pain medication like tylenol (acetaminophen) to start with. In case you have fibrocystic condition in your breast, Danazol is one medication which can help. But you should see a doctor or an expert who deals with breast diseases. ...Read more

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Would a large non mass type ilc of breast show on ultrasound if yes then what features would it present on ultrasound?

Would a large non mass type ilc of breast show on ultrasound if yes then what features would it present on ultrasound?

Tricky: Most infiltrating lobular cancers would look like infiltrating ductal cancers. This would be a hypoechoic, solid mass with angular margins and posterior shadowing. However, visibility at ultrasound depends on what tissue is adjacent to the tumor. I have seen infiltrating lobular cancer be completely invisible at ultrasound when it occurs within dense fibrous tissue due to sclerosing adenosis. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are odds there is cancer in the breast if two ultrasounds show them clear (with an aggressive cancer)?

Please tell me what are odds there is cancer in the breast if two ultrasounds show them clear (with an aggressive cancer)?

Too complex: To answer. See your doctor. If you have family history or other risk factors for breast cancer, additional imaging may be needed. If you have a palpable lesion more imaging is needed. May need a diagnostic mammogram. Breast MRI is an option in certain cases. See womenshealth. Gov. ...Read more