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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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I had my first mammogram and they called me back for an ultrasound. What could be the reason?

I had my first mammogram and they called me back for an ultrasound. What could be the reason?

Very common: Ultrasound is often used to evaluate densities seen on a mammogram. Most often a round density on a mammogram is a benign cyst or benign breast tumor called a fibroadenoma. If the ultrasound suggests an alternative diagnosis it can be used to guide biopsy. Basically it is a second test used to provide additional information. ...Read more

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My mom had breast cancer, i'm 39 and i just had a mammogram and breast ultrasound and got called back to my doctor, should I be worried?

My mom had breast cancer, i'm 39 and i just had a mammogram and breast ultrasound and got called back to my doctor, should I be worried?

No just follow-up: You had a screening mammogram. This test is designed to determine if your mammogram is normal or abnormal. An abnormal mammogram does not mean you have breast cancer. You can have a fibroadenoma, a breast cyst or other benign breast condition which are much more common than breast cancer. The next step if the screening mammogram is abnormal is to perform a diagnostic mammogram of the area. ...Read more

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Why would a radiologist have the hospital call me 24 hours after my mammogram to request that i come in for an ultrasound asap?

Why would a radiologist have the hospital call me 24 hours after my mammogram to request that i come in for an ultrasound asap?

The radiologist: saw something that needs further characterization, possibly a mass or potential cyst. Usually these turn out to be nothing of concern, but sometimes not. ...Read more

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Mammagram was normal and ultrasound showed abnormality and was told i need a biopsy asap. And i need to call my dr immediately. Should i be worried?

Mammagram was normal and ultrasound showed abnormality and was told i need a biopsy asap. And i need to call my dr immediately. Should i be worried?

The abnormality: on the ultrasound is not negated because it was not seen on mammo. It is normal to be concerned because obviously the radiologist thought there was something suspicious on the ultrasound. However, about 70-80% of the time the biopsy will turn out benign, so the odds are in your favor. . ...Read more

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I had both the same day, and the mammogram come back normal, but the ultrasound came back abnormal? Which one is more accurate?

Different: Mammogram and ultrasound look at different qualities. Mammogram is good at seeing tissue that is more dense than surrounding tissue and for calcifications. Ultrasound is good at seeing the whether those tissues are solid or fluid-filled or both. The two together, in addition to the physician's exam, help to create a more complete picture. Trust in your doctor to interpret these findings for you. ...Read more

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After an abnormal mammogram and an abnormal ultrasound, what are the chances of the MRI coming back abnormal?

After an abnormal mammogram and an abnormal ultrasound, what are the chances of the MRI coming back abnormal?

If there is: a specific abnormality identified on both ultrasound and mammography, it will probably be visualized on MRI as well. ...Read more

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Had a Mammogram come back Br-aid 1 negative but have Heterogenous breast dense why is my dr sending me for a ultrasound im worried?

Had a Mammogram come back Br-aid 1 negative but have Heterogenous breast dense why is my dr sending me for a ultrasound  im worried?

Two tests better tha: Dense breasts are not adequately examined with Mammography alone, so it is common to add an Ultrasound exam to it so that the 2 tests can better visualize your breast and not miss any small tumor or mass. No reason to worry...it is a commonly done procedure and done for a good reason. This will give you more peace of mind, than an incomplete examination( if you did one test only) ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more