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On a breast ultrasound it showed a complicated cyst what is the different from a breast complicated cyst and a complex cyst?

On a breast ultrasound it showed a complicated cyst what is the different from a breast complicated cyst and a complex cyst?

Complex vs.: Complicated: according to ACR BIRADS, a complicated cyst is a cyst with thin internal septation or debris, and is a benign or probably benign finding. A complex "cyst" is a mass with cystic and solid components, and is a suspicious finding for which biopsy is usually recommended. Anyone using the two terms interchangeably is using them incorrectly. ...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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Breast nodule or a cyst? I just had a breast ultrasound and was first told they saw a nodule, but then later said is probably a cyst and that it may have even exploded. What does this all mean? What is the difference between a nodule and a cyst?

Breast nodule or a cyst? I just had a breast ultrasound and was first told they saw a nodule, but then later said is probably a cyst and that it may have even exploded. What does this all mean? What is the difference between a nodule and a cyst?

Shadows/echos: A nodule looks solid on ultrasound (us) and a cyst is fluid filled. Depending on the machine quality and technician performing the exam, they can be difficult to distinguish. In these cases the radiologist will often come in the room to take a look or perform the exam. A 3-6 month repeat us is usually advised or you can ask for a biopsy. If you are worried, find a breast surgeon to evaluate you. ...Read more

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Can you explain the findings on my breast ultrasound? Right breast 1.7x2.0x0.9cm cyst for Left breast 11oclock zone A position 1.7x1.6x0.6cm solid?

Can you explain the findings on my breast ultrasound? Right breast 1.7x2.0x0.9cm cyst for Left breast 11oclock zone A position 1.7x1.6x0.6cm solid?

There is: A cyst on the right, likely of no concern, with size as described. On the left, there is a solid mass at 11:00 (upper outer, as if a clock face was superimposed on the breast). "A" position means anterior 1/3 of breast. There are no additional features of the mass described, so it is impossible to determine whether it is suspicious or not based on the info provided. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Breast ultrasound say oval circumscribed benign appearing mass posterior enhancement measuring 8x5x8 mm likely represents a complicated cyst is mean?

Breast ultrasound say oval circumscribed benign appearing mass posterior enhancement measuring 8x5x8 mm likely represents a complicated cyst is mean?

Cyst: It says that you have a benign cyst not suggestive of cancer. However I would suggest you speak to your doctor to decide if anything needs to be done about it ...Read more

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What do benign cysts look like on a breast ultrasound, opposed to a cancerous lump?

What do benign cysts look like on a breast ultrasound, opposed to a cancerous lump?

Dark circle: Benign cysts appear as dark black spheres, a cancerous lump would be bright white and solid. ...Read more

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My wife had a breast ultrasound done a couple of days ago.  They found 2 small dark spots on left breast.  Could it be a cyst or mass??

My wife had a breast ultrasound done a couple of days ago.  They found 2 small dark spots on left breast.  Could it be a cyst or mass??

Real report needed: Radiologist will not describe as ' dark spots ' will describe as cyst or not (mass). Speak to her doctor with permission for official verson of report and next step in follow up care ...Read more

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My breast ultrasound result says I have 2 cyst at the left breast. 1complex 1 lobulated 1cystic on the right. Is this serious? What should I do?

My breast ultrasound result says I have 2 cyst at the left breast. 1complex 1 lobulated 1cystic on the right. Is this serious? What should I do?

Monitor: Certainly consult a breast surgeon. Some breast cysts can be aspirated and some can disappear on their own. You will need to be followed with periodic breast ultrasounds; however, consult a surgeon and get an expert examination. ...Read more

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Can I find out if a breast cyst / tumor is malignant through a breast ultrasound and mammogram?

Can I find out if a breast cyst / tumor is malignant through a breast ultrasound and mammogram?

Sometimes.: There are lesions that can be determined with a high level of assurance to be benign and lesions that can be determined to be malignant. There are also many lesions that cannot be determined with a high degree of certainty with these sstudies alone. ...Read more

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Had breast ultrasound for breast lump and dr said it was a cyst. Its been there almost 3 months but getting smaller. Could this be cancerous?

Had breast ultrasound for breast lump and dr said it was a cyst. Its been there almost 3 months but getting smaller. Could this be cancerous?

Breast Cysts are...: ...Benign processes which develop when a duct becomes obstructed. With rare exception, breast cancers grow solid; therefore, if a breast lump is fluid-filled, no further evaluation is needed. Cysts require no rx, although, if it is painful or causing anxiety, aspiration can resolve the cyst. If the ultrasound was definitive, no follow-up is necessary; if equivocal, a 6 month follow-up is advised. ...Read more

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Nursing and had breast ultrasound. Tech saw either a small cyst or a duct but either way it was fine. Does this increase my risk breast cancer?

Nursing and had breast ultrasound. Tech saw either a small cyst or a duct but either way it was fine. Does this increase my risk breast cancer?

No: Doing a breast exam (ultrasound) on a lactating mother producing milk will usually show enlarged milk ducts some containing milk or fluid. This does not predispose a person to breast cancer. ...Read more

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Breast ultrasound shows 2 cysts in each breast. 1 with debri. She said she sees no cancer all is benign and to come back in 6 months. Should I worry?

Breast ultrasound shows 2 cysts in each breast. 1 with debri. She said she sees no cancer all is benign and to come back in 6 months. Should I worry?

According to: ACR guidelines those findings don't require any follow-up, so your doctor is probably just being cautious. You don't need to worry, the chance of malignancy is well below 1 percent, and close to zero. ...Read more

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Breast ultrasound showed 4 tiny cysts 3 with debri. Doctor said all is benign she sees no cancer. She made it a birad 3 extremely worried should I be?

Breast ultrasound showed 4 tiny cysts 3 with debri. Doctor said all is benign she sees no cancer. She made it a birad 3 extremely worried should I be?

Probably not.: Birads 3 means probably benign, for a 6 mo. Follow-up. One cyst with debris may be questionable. Multiple suggests a benign process. While this sounds most likely benign and nothing to worry about, if you continue to have concerns, ask your md to get a second opinion, or a follow-up ultrasound in 3 mos. Biopsy would not appear to be indicated at the present time. ...Read more

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Is a 6 month breast ultrasound follow up after biopsy adequate to look for changes in the lesion? Would changes have shown?

Is a 6 month breast ultrasound follow up after biopsy adequate to look for changes in the lesion? Would changes have shown?

6 to 12 months: Most centers recommend a follow up u/s 6 to 12 months after a breast biopsy which was negative for malignancy. Some experts favor 12 month follow up. I feel it should be a case by case decision between the breast surgeon, pathologist and radiologists with the breast surgeon being the final adviser for the patient. Follow up sooner than 6 months would be unusual. ...Read more

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Breast ultrasound says "elongated hypoechoic area without a focal mass seen". Been this way on follow up u/s for a year. Unlikely cancer?

Breast ultrasound says "elongated hypoechoic area without a focal mass seen". Been this way on follow up u/s for a year. Unlikely cancer?

Yes, unlikely: Stability is a good sign and usually signifies a benign or slow growing process. Often a mammogram is used to correlate the area seen on ultrasound (as well as physical exam). If all three suggest a benign process then that is usually the case. ...Read more

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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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What is the general cost of breast ultrasound?

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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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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Why do I need mammogram and a breast ultrasound?

Why do I need mammogram and a breast ultrasound?

Both are helpful: Mammograms use x-ray technique and are better at detecting tiny calcium deposits that may signal an early breast cancer than ultrasound. Mammograms can also detect tumors. Ultrasound uses soundwaves, like sonar, and will help determine if a lump is solid (requiring biopsy) or a cyst (fluid filled & usually not cancer). Both tests work together to find breast cancer. ...Read more

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Why did I see red color in my breast ultrasound?

Why did I see red color in my breast ultrasound?

Breast Ultrasound: Part of the examination usually includes an ultrasound Color Doppler evaluation, which is an assessment for the presence/absence and pattern of blood flow. This is displayed as blue or red on the screen depending on the direction of the blood flow. It does not necessarily imply anything abnormal. ...Read more

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Is breast ultrasound as effective as a mammogram?

Is breast ultrasound as effective as a mammogram?

No: There are 3 mainstream modalities of breast imaging - mammogram, ultrasound and breast mri. Each of these has its strengths and weaknesses.

Mammogram is used as a screening tool for all women in the us because it gives the best overall picture. The ultrasound is most commonly used to help discern between a cyst and a solid lesion. ...Read more

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What is the value of a breast ultrasound vs mammogram?

What is the value of a breast ultrasound vs mammogram?

Important info: The mammogram (mg) and ultrasound (us) show breast tissue in different ways. The mg is better for women with fatty breasts. The us can help tell if a mass is solid or cystic (fluid filled). It can also give a better picture for women who have dense breasts. The tests are often used together to help determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Would a breast ultrasound detect a tumor that was deep in chest?

Would a breast ultrasound detect a tumor that was deep in chest?

The reported: Sensitivities for ultrasound in detecting cancer vary, generally 60-80%, so ultrasound can detect breast cancers, but like any test, it is not 100%. A complete workup might include mammography, physical exam, and in some cases MRI. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. If you are talking about a mass that is actually within the chest cavity, not the breast, breast US won't help. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

What is the difference between a breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

Sound vs xrays: Mammograms use xrays to image the breast tissue. Screening mmgs involve 2 views (mlo, cc) of each whole breast. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the breast tissue. The area visualized is dependent upon where the probe is placed on the breast and is influenced by how it is angled, how fast it is moved around and how much attention is being paid to the screen during the exam. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

What is the difference between an breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

Mammogram/Ultrasound: The mammogram (mg) and ultrasound (us) show breast tissue in different ways. The mg is better for women with fatty breasts. The us can help tell if a mass is solid or cystic (fluid filled). It can also give a better picture for women who have dense breasts. The tests are often used together to help determine what is going on. ...Read more

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I go soon for an diagnostic mammogram. Will I need a breast ultrasound?

I go soon for an diagnostic mammogram. Will I need a breast ultrasound?

Possibly....: If you had the diagnostic mammogram for something you can feel, like a lump, then you will almost certainly need an ultrasound. If you were called back for calcifcations, you most likely will not need an ultrasound. If a mass was seen on the mammogram, that you cannot feel, you will also need an ultrasound. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more