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Why do a breast ultrasound after a mammogram? Does it mean there’s something abnormal in my breast, or was the mammogram just not clear? My doctor won’t talk to me until after the ultrasound, but i’m worried now.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
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In brief: It means that

there was an abnormality or potential abnormality on the mammogram that required additional evaluation or confirmation with ultrasound.
Or, if you have dense breasts, screening ultrasound may be performed as an adjunct test even if the mammo shows no abnormality.

In brief: It means that

there was an abnormality or potential abnormality on the mammogram that required additional evaluation or confirmation with ultrasound.
Or, if you have dense breasts, screening ultrasound may be performed as an adjunct test even if the mammo shows no abnormality.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology
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In brief: Complete the workup

What is true: mammogram was not completely normal.
You need additional testing to try to determine the cause and significance of the finding. If a new finding, first step would be spot mammograms and an ultrasound of the area. Usually the area of concern is due to overlapping structures that can be resolved with ultrasound or extra mammo views.

In brief: Complete the workup

What is true: mammogram was not completely normal.
You need additional testing to try to determine the cause and significance of the finding. If a new finding, first step would be spot mammograms and an ultrasound of the area. Usually the area of concern is due to overlapping structures that can be resolved with ultrasound or extra mammo views.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Dr. Joseph Accurso
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Dr. Eric Brown
Breast Surgery
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In brief: Addtional Testing

Ultrasound is an additional test to evaluate a finding on a mammogram.
If there is a lump, ultrasound can determine cystic vs. Solid (mammogram typically can't make that distinction). If the mammogram shows a density, ultrasound may be able to determine what caused the density. It is not a better test, and does not mean that there is a 'bad' problem.

In brief: Addtional Testing

Ultrasound is an additional test to evaluate a finding on a mammogram.
If there is a lump, ultrasound can determine cystic vs. Solid (mammogram typically can't make that distinction). If the mammogram shows a density, ultrasound may be able to determine what caused the density. It is not a better test, and does not mean that there is a 'bad' problem.
Dr. Eric Brown
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Your

Your healthcare provider most likely wants to examine some tissue further. Ultrasounds can detect tissue abnormalities using ultrasound.
It is prudent to think that further tests are being done because your mammogram showed abnormality that required further testing. Trust that your doctor is taking necessary steps in favor of your health.

In brief: Your

Your healthcare provider most likely wants to examine some tissue further. Ultrasounds can detect tissue abnormalities using ultrasound.
It is prudent to think that further tests are being done because your mammogram showed abnormality that required further testing. Trust that your doctor is taking necessary steps in favor of your health.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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