If your mammogram is abnormal, you may need additional testing. One of the most common additional tests is a breast ultrasound, which can help your doctor tell whether or not the abnormality found is cancerous.
Diagnostic breast ultrasound is often coupled with a diagnostic mammogram to clarify findings seen on screening mammogram. Ultrasound is also used in women who present with symptoms such as a breast lump or nipple discharge.
Dense Breast Screening: In women with dense breast tissue, ultrasound can be used in conjunction with mammography as a complementary screening test for breast cancer. Screening ultrasound cannot be done in place of screening mammography, as mammography is still the most important imaging modality for early breast cancer detection. Please speak to your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for screening breast ultrasound.