Dr. Radha IyengarBreast Surgery

Tests To Determine Breast Cancer

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There are several tests available to diagnose breast cancer. 
Usually the first test is a mammogram. Mammograms use Low-dose x-rays to take pictures of the breast. This is the best screening test we have.
Ultrasound is also used to diagnose breast cancer in many patients. Ultrasound uses soundwaves to detect cancer in the breast.
An MRI of the breast is the most sensitive test we have to look at the breast tissue. An MRI is typically used for screening high-risk women or for further evaluation after a new breast cancer is diagnosed. 
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When something concerning is found on Mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI the next step is to perform a biopsy.
A biopsy is where a needle is inserted into the area of concern and tissue samples are taken for evaluation under the microscope. 
All tests have their limitations. If you have a concern about something in your breast, always seek evaluation from a breast surgeon.