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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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What is the difference between an mammogram and a ultrasound?

What is the difference between an mammogram and a ultrasound?

Mammo vs ultrasound: A mammogram is a low dose X-ray of the breasts. An ultrasound utilizes sound waves to generate images. 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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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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Ultrasound vs mammograms? What are the differences between an ultrasound and mammogram? I had an ultrasound done and the tech thought he found a lump, but he said he needed to investigate it more, so he wanted to schedule another ultrasound. Shouldn't I

Ultrasound vs mammograms? What are the differences between an ultrasound and mammogram? I had an ultrasound done and the tech thought he found a lump, but he said he needed to investigate it more, so he wanted to schedule another ultrasound. Shouldn't I

X-ray vs sound waves: If you have a lump that can be felt, it's likely the radiologist will want an ultrasound as well as mammogram. Mammogram uses x-rays to see calcifications that might indicate a breast cancer, while ultrasound uses sound waves to see different characteristics of breast tissue such as blood flow, size and shape of a lump and whether it's solid or cystic. Ultrasound is also used to guide biopsy. Read more

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What is the difference between a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound?

What is the difference between a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound?

A screening: mammogram is a study of both breasts that is performed on asymptomatic women to try and detect signs of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram consists of special views, and is usually targeted to a specific area of the breast, to further evaluate a potential abnormality seen on screening mammo or felt on clinical exam. 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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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 is the difference between screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram? Why does the diagnostic one have to be done with breast ultrasound?

What is the difference between screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram? Why does the diagnostic one have to be done with breast ultrasound?

Purpose: The purpose of a screening mammogram is to identify breast cancer in women who have no signs of disease, while the purpose of a diagnostic mammogram is to obtain more detail on a known abnormality identified on prior physical exam or imaging study. A diagnostic mammogram need not always be done with an ultrasound. Read more

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With a mammogram is it normal to have to have an ultrasound? I cannot afford it.

With a mammogram is it normal to have to have an ultrasound? I cannot afford it.

Sometimes: Not all radiographic testing is 100% diagnostic. Sometimes you need additional testing to see areas of the breast more clearly. I would discuss this with your physician if they fell that the ultrasound is necessary. If it was me, I would want everything possible to do a full evaluation. 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 now they want to do a ultrasound to be sure. What do u think about that..

I had a mammogram now they want to do a ultrasound to be sure. What do u think about that..

Complete the workup: You do not know yet. What is true: mammogram was not completely normal. Therefore, you need additional testing to try to determine the cause and importance of the finding. First step would be spot mammograms and an ultrasound of the area, which will probably be ok. If not ok, then mri, and a biopsy may eventually be necessary to look at the cells under a microscope and make the diagnosis. Read more

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What is a Bilateral ultrasound. I received a letter that I have it done after I had a mammogram?

What is a Bilateral ultrasound. I received a letter that I have it done after I had a mammogram?

Both breasts: Bilateral means both sides. If after a mammogram of both breasts a bilateral ultrasound is recommended, an ultrasound on both breasts is what they suggest to do. Read more

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What happens if an ultrasound scan seems clear is it possible that a mammogram will still show a problem?

What happens if an ultrasound scan seems clear is it possible that a mammogram will still show a problem?

Yes,: They are complementary tests. At times an abnormality will be seen on one, and not the other. In particular, mammographic microcalcifications, which can be a sign of cancer, are difficult to discern on an ultrasound. Read more

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Help!! did mammogram and was normal. No ultrasound done. Still have pain. Feel something hard. What to do?

Clinical breast exam: Have you had your doctor do a clinical breast examination (CBE)? A mammogram should always be accompanied by a breast examination done by a health care professional as the mammogram will miss 10 % of breast lumps. If you and your doctor feel a lump, it must be checked further with an ultrasound and a biopsy of the lump is also a must if the lump is confirmed by your doctor Read more

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Had a normal mammogram but nothing was said about a follow up ultrasound. I thought you needed both under 50? do I need one?

You don't: Need both unless you have a lump, abnormal mammogram, or other breast symptom. If you had a normal mammogram, the only potential indications for ultrasound would be if you had dense breasts (and therefore the sensitivity of your mammogram for picking up cancers was diminished) or were at very high risk for breast cancer. In these circumstances, however, the science isn't settled. Read more

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Which test is better for finding cancers, a mammogram or an ultrasound?

Mammogram: Mammograms are excellent for finding any abnormality in the breast, and thus are best as a screening test for cancer. Ultrasounds are most useful after finding an abnormality on mammogram or examination; we can then direct the ultrasound to the area in question to help determine if it is worthy of biopsy or observation. 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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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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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