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Mammogram shows Heterogeneously dense which may obsure small masses Birads 2 both breast no suspicious masses why is my dr sending me for a ultrasound?

Mammogram shows Heterogeneously dense which may obsure small masses Birads 2 both breast no suspicious masses why is my dr sending me for a ultrasound?

Dense: breasts lower the sensitivity of mammography for detecting cancers, by some studies to as low as 50%. Adding screening ultrasound in this setting may improve cancer detection. This is an evolving issue in the breast imaging community and there is currently no clear consensus. ...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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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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My mammogram was negative no lumps or masses found. Why would my doctor recommend an ultrasound? They did say i had dense breasts.. Very nervous

My mammogram was negative no lumps or masses found. Why would my doctor recommend an ultrasound? They did say i had dense breasts.. Very nervous

Not sure...: I'm a breast radiologist. Something doesn't make sense. In the absence of symptoms (with negative mammo and physical exam), there is no indication for a diagnostic ultrasound. What occasionally happens is something worded in the mammogram report makes the referring physician uncomfortable and additional testing is unnecessarily ordered. I would call to clarify, but i wouldn't worry if i were you. ...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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My younger sister's left breast & hand pain since one month. Mammography & ultrasound report is normal. But Dense fibrofatty seen. So what can we do?

My younger sister's left breast & hand pain since one month. Mammography & ultrasound report is normal. But Dense fibrofatty seen. So what can we do?

Speak to her doctor: How old is she , for younger age group may be a just benign fibrocystic disease , older age group need close observation, take her for follow up visit to her doctor. ...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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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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Does an ultrasound of the breast mean I don't have to take a mammogram?

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

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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I'm 28 and did ultrasound to my breasts. Dr. suggested mammogram as he found an irregular shape in my right breast.Is it helpful though I'm too young?

I'm 28 and did ultrasound to my breasts. Dr. suggested mammogram as he found an irregular shape in my right breast.Is it helpful though I'm too young?

It may be helpful: to correlate the mammographic appearance with the ultrasound appearance. Further characterization of the abnormality could increase specificity and alter management. ...Read more

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I had a mammogram n they found lumps then i had an ultrasound of my breasts n only found mass tissue that wasn't cancerous can tje mass tissue turn int?

I had a mammogram n they found lumps then i had an ultrasound of my breasts n only found mass tissue that wasn't cancerous can tje mass tissue turn int?

Unlikely need tests: At 44 yes have to be concerned , if you have any abnormality , will need close observation . Most likely you have thick dense breast tissue , if you have lumps and masses one will feel them which you don't have , you have densities by xray only. Speak to your md will advise you if need MRI of breasts or even core needle biopsy of the area , don't forget to go for follow up visits. Good luck. ...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

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

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

Sonar vs Xray: Breast ultrasound use sound waves (i.e. Sonar) and are used to determine if a lump is solid, (usually require biopsy) or a cyst (a fluid containing lesion, usually not requiring biopsy). Mammograms also detect tumors in the breast and have the advantage of detecting tiny calcification deposits that my be due to cancer. Both tests work together to find breast cancer. No test replaces the other. ...Read more

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What to do if i had a mammogram and a breast ultrasound today, why does it take 3-5 days to know results?

What to do if i had a mammogram and a breast ultrasound today, why does it take 3-5 days to know results?

Usually: a diagnostic mammo/US is interpreted on the same day. The logistics of every facility are a little different, not sure why it would take 3-5 days for results. If you don't want to wait, you can try calling and asking about the results. ...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