Your practitioner may schedule an ultrasound to follow your diagnostic mammogram.
WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND?
A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a computer image of the internal breast. Ultrasound images are used to further evaluate the abnormality. An ultrasound can detect if the mass is sold or filled with fluid, such as a non-cancerous cyst. It can also be used to determine the size and composition of the surrounding tissue.
If there are concerns after your mammogram and ultrasound, your doctor may order a biopsy.
WHAT IS A BIOPSY?
A biopsy removes tissue from the breast through a needle or surgery. The cells are then viewed under a microscope to determine if they are cancerous or not. A biopsy is the only diagnostic procedure that can identify if the suspicious area is cancerous.
Keep in mind that 80% of women who have a breast biopsy do not have breast cancer.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is often used to determine the stage of breast cancer. It may also be used as a diagnostic tool for women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer.
WHAT IS A MRI?
A MRI creates detailed 3-D images of the breast. Using the strong magnetic fields, it allows doctors to further evaluate any abnormalities.
These tests may include a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy or MRI. To find a Federally Qualified Health Center near you, we highly recommend you visit