Ultrasound (or sonogram)
Ultrasound is commonly used with pregnant women to look at a developing baby. When used on the breast, it can tell the difference between types of lumps, such as liquid-filled cysts and solid masses. Doctors use ultrasound to find out the size, shape, texture and density of a breast lump.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine uses a large magnet and radio waves to create an image of the breast. It can sometimes detect cancers in dense breasts that are not seen on mammograms. MRI is often used with mammography for screening women at a high risk of breast breast cancer. However, MRI can be costly and often finds something that looks abnormal, but turns out to be benign (false positive). MRI can also be used to see if a silicone breast implant has leaked or ruptured.
This special type of mammography machine is used during a biopsy. After mammograms are taken from different angles to locate the exact area of concern, a computer merges the pictures to make a three-dimensional image of the breast. The image is used to guide a biopsy needle to the suspicious area of the breast. The above list of resources is only a suggested resource and is not a complete listing of breast health and breast cancer materials or information. The information contained herein is not meant to be used for self-diagnosis or to replace the services of a medical professional. Komen for the Cure does not endorse, recommend or make any warranties or representations regarding the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, quality or non-infringement of any of the materials, products or information provided by the organizations referenced herein. Developed in collaboration with the Health Communication Research Laboratory at Saint Louis University. ©2008 Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Item No. 806-378a 7/09 Ask your doctor
Before you have an imaging test, be sure to find out why you are having it and how much it will cost. Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor:
• Why do you recommend that I have this test?
• How accurate is the test in my situation?
• When and how will I get the results?
• If a problem is found, what will we do next?
• How much will the test cost and will my insurance