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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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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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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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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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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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69'yr old male had bilteral breast ultrasound. Waited while dr. Reviewed images. Ordered immediate mammograms. Does this mean problem? Very nervous

69'yr old male had bilteral breast ultrasound.  Waited while dr. Reviewed images.  Ordered immediate mammograms.  Does this mean problem? Very nervous

Not necessarily : It means the radiologist is a thorough fellow who wants to be sure of what he/she is seeing because someone's health is resting on his/her hands. Take it easy and wait for the results. I realize it's easier said than done but do your best. Good luck. ...Read more

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Misdiagnosis with breast ultrasound? Is it possible to have differing results from an ultrasound and a mammogram? In my case, the mammogram didn't show anything but an ultrasound did. Which method is usually more reliable and how does this happen?

Misdiagnosis with breast ultrasound? Is it possible to have differing results from an ultrasound and a mammogram? In my case, the mammogram didn't show anything but an ultrasound did. Which method is usually more reliable and how does this happen?

They are: complementary tests, imaging different tissue characteristics. It is not unusual for an abnormality to be seen on one and not the other. If you have dense breasts, it is especially true that an ultrasound abnormality may be invisible on mammo due to the density. Not seeing it on both does not negate a finding on one. ...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