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What is the difference between a breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sean Canale
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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
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In brief: Difference

A mammogram is a special type of xray of the breasts.
Typically, two views of each breast are taken during the initial (screening) mammogram. A breast ultrasound has no radiation and is used to evaluate a finding on a mammogram or to assess a lump felt by the patient. It is able to differentiate cysts from solid masses.

In brief: Difference

A mammogram is a special type of xray of the breasts.
Typically, two views of each breast are taken during the initial (screening) mammogram. A breast ultrasound has no radiation and is used to evaluate a finding on a mammogram or to assess a lump felt by the patient. It is able to differentiate cysts from solid masses.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Gabor
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