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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 an ultrasound because my mammogram found cysts. What that overtesting?

I had an ultrasound because my mammogram found cysts. What that overtesting?

Not overtesting: Mammography cannot determine if a nodule or nodular density is a solid mass or a cyst. Ultrasound is necessary to make that distinction. ...Read more

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What good is a mammogram if ultrasounds find more abnormalities? Such as cysts, etc.

What good is a mammogram if ultrasounds find more abnormalities?  Such as cysts, etc.

They don't: Screening mammography finds many more breast cancers than ultrasound. Ultrasound will not see calcifications which seen easily on mammograms and are often due to the earliest form of breast cancer. Ultrasound is used primarily to tell if a lump is a simple cyst (in which case it is safe to ignore it) or a solid mass ( in which case it may need to be biopsied to prove that it is not cancer.). ...Read more

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I had a mammogram and ultrasound recently the outcome was negative but dense (cyst) breast. Should i be concern?

I had a mammogram and ultrasound  recently  the outcome was negative  but dense (cyst) breast. Should i be concern?

See Breast surgeon: Fibrocystic or dense breasts are common in women. If strong family history or positive brca gene then close monitoring and follow-up examinations will be required. Otherwise continue with yearly mammogram/ultrasound. See your breast surgeon if any concerns. ...Read more

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Ultrasound showed benign cysts on breast.. Will they go away? Any idea why they didn't show up on mammogram only ultrasound?

Ultrasound showed benign cysts on breast.. Will they go away? Any idea why they didn't show up on mammogram only ultrasound?

They may go away.: Benign cysts may enlarge or resolve or stay the same for years. Some say that eliminating caffeine from your diet may help. If the cysts are painful, needle aspiration may be curative, but otherwise nothing needs to be done.Cysts may be invisible on a mammogram when the breast is dense (glandular) and the cysts are hidden by adjacent normal tissue or if they are small. They do not become cancer. ...Read more

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I have to go for an ultrasound cause of my mammogram, my breasts sometimes hurts, is it more likely to be cysts? just got a job and dont want it ruine

I have to go for an ultrasound cause of my mammogram, my breasts sometimes hurts, is it more likely to be cysts? just got a job and dont want it ruine

Whether or not: it is likely to be a cyst depends in part on the mammographic appearance. Even if it is not a cyst, it doesn't mean you have cancer. Most mammo abnormalities turn out to be benign. ...Read more

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Can left breast cysts be diagnosed without any mammogram or ultrasound imaging? If so why would I be put on 21 day course of mobec?

Can left breast cysts be diagnosed without any mammogram or ultrasound imaging? If so why would I be put on 21 day course of mobec?

Breast cyst: Sometimes the physical findings are characteristic, but the definitive diagnosis of cyst is made with ultrasound. Mammography not as useful...it usually can't tell the difference between a cyst and a solid nodule. Mobic (meloxicam) is an NSAID analgesic/anti-inflammatory, it will not treat a breast cyst per se, but it will help alleviate pain. ...Read more

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Had mammogram and ultrasound that confirmed tiny cysts in breasts. They are still there. What do I do now? Doctor missed one of them. I can feel both

Need reevaluation: Breast cysts are almost always benign. If they are syptomatic or in case of any doubt about their cystic nature they can be aspirated. Otherwise observation is ok. If you feel a lump and your provider did not identify it, do not assume it is a cyst. Have another evaluation preferably by a breast specialist to make sure it is not a more significant lump. ...Read more

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I form lumps in my breast they are not a mass and one of them is not a cyst they done ultrasound and mammogram but it still scared me what is it?

I form lumps in my breast they are not a mass and one of them is not a cyst they done ultrasound and mammogram but it still scared me what is it?

Lump: Being scared is a normal feeling. However, do not let the fear take over your life. If no strong family history of breast/ovarian cancer, having a normal mammo and sono are sufficient and they should put your mind on ease. F/u with your md and have annual clinical breast exam and you can also do self breast check.But, if you are at high risk-strong family history-mri need to be considered. D/w md. ...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


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