Should a patient with breast pain and a normal mammogram also have a breast ultrasound examination? Unless the patient presents with multiple symptoms, such as nipple discharge or palpable concerns, research conducted at Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan suggests not. In a study published online in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology in January, radiologists reported that mammography alone effectively excluded malignancy in over women with isolated complaints of breast pain. Mastalgia -- cyclic and noncyclic breast pain -- generates concern that it may be a symptom of malignancy, especially if it is persistent, localized, and unilateral. The authors conducted a study to evaluate the diagnostic value of breast ultrasound following a normal mammogram ordered for all patients with breast pain during a calendar year.
A mammogram is the best imaging tool that healthcare providers can use to detect early signs of breast cancer. Early detection can make all the difference in successful cancer treatment. Getting a mammogram for the first time may cause anxiety. But scheduling a mammogram is an important and proactive step in taking care of your health. Being prepared for the mammogram may help ease your mind as you get ready for your exam.
Mammograms can be stressful and even a bit scary. But you can prepare yourself with critical information before you get a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas. The breast is exposed to a small dose of ionizing radiation that produces an image of the breast tissue. Mammograms can often show a breast lump before it can be felt.
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