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.
Possibilities? A breast ultrasound may be requested to evaluate a specific abnormality on mammogram, acomplaint you may have in a specific area of the breast, or an area that is felt on examination but either not seen on mammogram, or not seen well on mammogram.
You have to. ask your doctor. There are a number of possibilities why both were ordered. Did your doctor feel a lump? Was there an abnormality on screening mammo requiring extra views and ultrasound? Do you have dense breasts and adjunct ultrasound screening was felt to be warranted?

Related Questions

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

That is . How long it takes the breast center you used to have the radiologist review the exam, generate a report, transmit the report to your doctor, and notify you of the results. Read more...
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...

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...
US vs mammo. It depends on what you mean by effective.The sensitivity of screening mammo and screening US is close, with US detecting 3-4 cancers per 1000 patients and mammo detecting 4-5.US performs better in the dense breast category, mammo performs better in fatty breasts. Their roles are complementary, and evolving. The current main role of US is to further evaluate abnormalities seen on mammo or exam. Read more...
U/S. of breast is used for young women with dense breasts that are to dense for a mammogram to be effective or adjunct to a mammogram to determine if a mass is cystic or not. Read more...

What is the value of a breast ultrasound vs mammogram?

Look for different t. They evaluate for different things and each can be complementary of each other in case of a abnormal finding on physical or mammogram. Read more...
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...
US and mammo. US generally used to further evaluate mammographic or palpable abnormalities. One of the main strengths is the ability to differentiate solid masses from cysts, which mammo can't do. US may perform better than mammo in dense breasts, and is the first imaging study of choice, rather than mammo, in younger women. Read more...

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...
Mammo vs ultrasound. A mammogram is a low dose X-ray of the breasts. An ultrasound utilizes sound waves to generate images. Mammo is currently the standard of care for screening, ultrasound has an adjunct or problem solving role. Read more...

I go soon for an diagnostic mammogram. Will I need a breast ultrasound?

Sometimes. An ultrasound is simply another means of looking at breast (or other soft) tissues. It is not usually ordered routinely in conjunction with a mammogram unless there is something abnormal on the ultrasound or a mass that is palpable. Read more...
Maybe. If you have microcalcifications, the mammographer may want a magnification view only and no ultrasound. But for most other things (typically masses or significant asymettry) and ultrasound is helpful. Read more...
Perhaps. An ultrasound may be useful to better define a density ("lump") or an area of asymmetry ("shadow") seen on mammography! however, it is of no benefit when evaluating microcalcifications. Ideally, the breast canter where you have your diagnostic mammogram will be able to perform the ultrasound the same day, if they recommend one. Read more...
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...
Probably. Many times ultrasound is utilized in combination with diagnostic mammography to completely evaluate a potential abnormality. Read more...

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...
It is not uncommon. for a mammogram to follow a breast ultrasound when evaluating a lump or other symptom in the male breast. It doesn't, per se, mean that there is something suspicious. They are complementary studies. If you had a lump, and the ultrasound didn't show anything, mammo would be the next step. If it did show something, a mammo might also be performed to further evaluate it. Read more...

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?

Yes, . Yes, results from an ultrasound can differ from the findings on a mammogram. Each imaging modality has its own strengths and weaknesses. The resolution of mammography is far superior to that of ultrasound. Mammography can detect tiny microcalcifications that could never be detected on ultrasound. Ultrasound is excellent at detecting cysts and can be used to evaluate blood flow in the area of interest. Many lesions often appear very subtle on a particular imaging study, but can be much more obvious on a different imaging modality. For this reason, it is extremely important for the radiologist to compare the images obtained in both studies. Ultrasound and mammography are complementary studies that should be used together to arive at the most likely diagnosis. The most reliable result is the one obtained after completing all imaging studies and analyzing the findings together in order to achieve the most likely diagnosis. Read more...
The mammogram. A mammogram gives a lot more detail than an ultrasound. If a lump is detected, further studies are needed. If the mammogram is negative, waiting a few months or doing an MRI are some ways to go. Read more...
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...