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An ultrasound is often used to supplement diagnostic mammograms to evaluate palpable findings, masses, cysts, or ductal abnormalities. Ultrasound is particularly helpful to identify whether a mammographic finding is solid or filled with fluid (cyst). Ultrasound is not appropriate for screening, as it does not detect calcifications, which can be seen in certain types of cancer.
Images are reviewed in real time by the radiologist on site. If a suspicious finding is identified, you and your referring doctor will be informed at the time of the exam, and you will be scheduled for an additional short term follow up, biopsy, or surgical consultation as appropriate.
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