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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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I recently had a mammogram done. I got a call back to come in for a ultrasound. Assyterim density. Recently 9 months out bariatric. 70 pounds lost?

I recently had a mammogram done. I got a call back to come in for a ultrasound. Assyterim density. Recently 9 months out bariatric. 70 pounds lost?

Weight loss: Can cause mammographic changes due to fat loss and resultant relative increase in breast density. What did the ultrasound show? If it cannot be determined whether the mammographic changes are due to weight loss, additional imaging with MRI or needle biopsy may be necessary to completely evaluate the asymmetry. Mammographic developing asymmetries have about a 10% chance of malignancy. ...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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Hi I started having issues awhile back with both breast and rafiating pai. Under both armpits Had mammogram and. Ultrasound done both came out fine. B?

Hi I started having issues awhile back with both breast and rafiating pai. Under both armpits Had mammogram and. Ultrasound done both came out fine. B?

Breast pain: breast pain could be caused by different factors- from the hormonal, cystic breasts, musculoskeletal, etc. I am happy to know that your mammo and US are fine. Breast pain is not a very common symptoms related to breast cancer. Some food/beverages- such as caffeinated beverages, chocolate, mint, could contribute to breast pain. Try to avoid those food/drinks and follow up with your doc definitely. ...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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I had a breast lump checked using ultrasound and told results said unremarkable but get a baseline mammogram. I did this back in may. I didn't hear back, so I figured everything fine. All summer I noticed left breast swollen more than right. End of

You need to be: Re-evaluated by your physician. You should check the report of the mammogram, don't assume anything. Incidentally, federal MQSA regulations require that a patient be notified, in writing, of mammo results within 30 days. If you didn't get a letter, your facility may not be in compliance with the law. ...Read more

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I did a mammogram and was called back severally for a follow-up mamogram. Does it mean I have cancer? I am really scared.

I did a mammogram and was called back severally for a follow-up mamogram. Does it mean I have cancer? I am really scared.

Not exactly: It just means they see some irregularity and want to get some compression views. If additional imaging shows an abnormality, an ultrasound may be done. This is a lot more common given digital mammography. We are seeing a lot more detail and a lot of the time it is benign. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when they call you back for another mammogram?

What exactly does it mean when they call you back for another mammogram?

Additional mammo: It means there is a possible abnormality present, but additional mammographic views are necessary to determine whether there is in fact an abnormality, or to better characterize an abnormality. Many times the additional mammo views show that there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they call you back for another diagnostic mammogram?

What does it mean when they call you back for another diagnostic mammogram?

Additional mammo: It means there is a possible abnormality present, but additional mammographic views are necessary to determine whether there is in fact an abnormality, or to better characterize an abnormality. Many times the additional mammo views show that there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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At today's mammogram, the tech mentioned I had high density in my breast and not to be surprised if I get a call to come back. Should I be concerned?

At today's mammogram, the tech mentioned I had high density in my breast and not to be surprised if I get a call to come back. Should I be concerned?

Common finding: Women in their 30s and 40s tend to have denser breast tissue. As such, it makes it more challenging for the radiologists to interpret. Often times, women are asked to come back so they can take more views and make sure they are not overlooking anything. It is not a cause for concern. ...Read more

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Is it likely that this is breast cancer if they call you back for x-rays after a mammogram?

Is it likely that this is breast cancer if they call you back for x-rays after a mammogram?

No....: It is more likely that you are fine. Depending on the center you are seen at, recall rates vary from 1 in 20 to 1 in 10. Of those recalled, approximately 15% will need biopsy and of those biopsied 20% will be cancer. These numbers are from research studies and may not reflect the performance of your local mammography center. ...Read more

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My mammogram report results came back birads 4 but my sonogram report came back negative so why does my doctor recommend a breast biopsy?

Because. ..: If a suspicious lesion is noted on mammography an us is obtained. This allows for better definition of the lesion in the breast. However, a "negative" us does not rule out an underlying problem and the correct next step is to proceed with your physicians recommendation, in this case a biopsy. None of the imaging techniques are perfect, the final decision is based on all the information. ...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