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- An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy may allow your doctor to confirm a suspicious lump is not cancer (benign) without surgery.
- A breast ultrasound may occasionally be used instead of a Reference mammogram Opens New Window if you are younger than 30 and have concerns about Reference X-rays Opens New Window or should not be exposed to any radiation because you are pregnant. For more information, see the topic Reference Mammogram.
- A breast ultrasound may be useful for screening young women with a family history of breast cancer. More study is needed to see if ultrasound is good for this purpose.
- An ultrasound does not replace a mammogram. An ultrasound can be used to check a problem seen on a mammogram. It can also be used to show more detail in women who have dense breasts. For more information, see the topic Reference Mammogram.
- A breast Reference MRI Opens New Window is another type of test that may be used for breast exams after surgery or to check dense breast tissue. Breast MRI may be used along with a mammogram and breast ultrasound to check breasts or breast lumps.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 8, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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