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Why would you need an ultrasound after a mammogram?
Last Updated: 5th February, 2020
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Accordingly, is it normal to have an ultrasound after a mammogram?
Often, it just means more x-rays or an ultrasound needs to be done to get a closer look at an area of concern. Getting called back is more common after a first mammogram, or when there's no previous mammogram to compare the new mammogram with. It's also more common in women who haven't gone through menopause.
Additionally, is an ultrasound better than a mammogram? Ultrasound turned out to be just as good at detecting breast cancer as mammography. Ultrasound also found a greater number of invasive and node-negative cancers than the mammograms did. On the downside, there were more false positives with ultrasound than with mammograms. Ultrasound is cheaper than mammography.
Then, can you detect breast cancer with an ultrasound?
Ultrasound is not used on its own as a screening test for breast cancer. If an abnormality is seen on mammography or felt by physical exam, ultrasound is the best way to find out if the abnormality is solid (such as a benign fibroadenoma or cancer) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst).
What does a breast ultrasound show that a mammogram doesn t?
A breast ultrasound is most often done to find out if a problem found by a mammogram or physical exam of the breast may be a cyst filled with fluid or a solid tumor. Breast ultrasound is not usually done to screen for breast cancer. This is because it may miss some early signs of cancer.