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I go soon for an diagnostic mammogram. Will I need a breast ultrasound?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carl Decker
Dr. Carl Decker
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Probably
Many times ultrasound is utilized in combination with diagnostic mammography to completely evaluate a potential abnormality.

In brief: Probably
Many times ultrasound is utilized in combination with diagnostic mammography to completely evaluate a potential abnormality.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Carl Decker
Sometimes ultrasound over a larger area of suspicious microcalcifications is done to see if there is a mammographically occult mass. If there is a US detected mass, then biopsy by US can be done more easily than stereotactic bx.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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