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Doctor insights on: Ultrasound Pictures Of Breast Cancer

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What is the accuracy of breast cancer ultrasound?

What is the accuracy of breast cancer ultrasound?

It is a complementry: Ultrasound is useful test commonly done after a mammogram. It can make a distinction between solid(likely to be cancer) and cystic (usually benign)strutures. The accuracy of ultrasound is operator dependent...So a good/experienced radiologist can make good use of this test for accurate dignosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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How can a ultrasound miss breast cancer?

How can a ultrasound miss breast cancer?

SCREENING BREAST CA: Mammogram is the gold standard for breast cancer screening, ultrasonds are used to differenciate solid/fluid filled cysts and serve that purpose.Ultrasond can miss cancers more often.Mammogams can also miss some early cancers, and has well recognised limitations. So ultrasond and magnetic resonance imaging is used along with mammograms in high risk patients. ...Read more

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Is mammogram or ultrasound best for early breast cancer detection?

Mammogram: Mammograms are generally better at screening for breast cancer. Ultrasound is used more for a focus evaluation of an area of the breast that might be suspicious or appear abnormal. ...Read more

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Is it better to have a mammogran or an ultrasound for breast cancer?

See: Womenshealth.Gov for good info. Best to start with mammogram and radiologist will obtain other tests as needed. ...Read more

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What's the difference between mammogram and ultrasound for breast cancer detection?

What's the difference between mammogram and ultrasound for breast cancer detection?

Complementary: A mammogram is an excellent screening test, designed to find cancers before they are palpable. An ultrasound is best utilized for determining the severity of what was seen on mammography. Using the info from both studies, we can then decide if biopsy is necessary. Ultrasound is also a tool to supplement physical exams--it's like a stethoscope for breast surgeons. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between mammogram and ultrasound when it comes to breast cancer detection?

I want to know what is the difference between mammogram and ultrasound when it comes to breast cancer detection?

Xrays vs ultrasound : Mammograms are images obtained by compressing the breast and exposing the breast tissue to x rays from several directions. Various findings on these x ray images could be a sign of cancer. Ultrasound images are obtained by sending high frequency sound waves into (breast) tissue and capturing reflected sound waves back. These are then used to generate an image. Breast cancer can often be detected. ...Read more

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Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

1.5 cm and benign?: Normally, any lymph node greater than 1 cm in the neck is considered suspicious. If it has not grown in three months, that is somewhat reassuring. If it shows any more growth, i would certainly biopsy it. If you biopsied it now, there is probably over a 90% chance that your doctor is right. Weight loss, night sweats, unexplained fevers, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or hoarseness? ...Read more

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Can ultrasounds miss breast cancer?

Can ultrasounds miss breast cancer?

Yes: U/s is not a great screening test but an extension of the physical exam. It is very dependent upon the person (breast surg vs radiology tech?) doing the u/s, where they place the probe, how fast they move the probe, how much attention they pay to the screen, etc. U/s performed by a skilled breast surgeon can be very helpful and also used to guide sampling for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer be detected by ultrasound?

Can breast cancer be detected by ultrasound?

Yes,: breast ultrasound can detect breast cancer. Reported sensitivities vary, but in general the overall sensitivity for detecting breast cancer ranges from 60-80%, and is similar to mammography.There is some data to suggest ultrasound may perform better than mammography in younger women and in women with dense breasts. ...Read more

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How accurate is an ultrasound for breast cancer?

How accurate is an ultrasound for breast cancer?

Very: When ultrasounds are used to evaluate a palpable lump or a mammographic abnormality, a directed ultrasound can very accurately differentiate a benign tumor from a malignant one. Nevertheless, it is best to not rely exclusively on an ultrasound and to proceed to tissue diagnosis via biopsy, especially for women over age 40. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more