Routine mammograms are the best means of detecting breast cancer early, in conjunction with clinical breast exams. However, MRI and ultrasound exams also play an important role in identifying breast cancer, sometimes even picking up on cancers that mammograms miss.
If something unusual turns up in a mammogram or the results from such a screening aren’t entirely clear, a health care professional may recommend patients receive additional tests, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Additional screenings might include breast ultrasound or MRI, which can both be used to ascertain whether an abnormality that turns up on a mammogram will require a biopsy to determine the presence of cancer.
Ultrasounds aid in diagnosis by helping health care professionals distinguish normal tissue and benign cysts from potentially malignant masses in the breast. If a biopsy is eventually ordered, ultrasound can also be used to guide the biopsy procedure, the article explained.
While a routine mammogram is sufficient for early breast cancer detection for most women, those who are at high risk of breast cancer are recommended to receive an MRI screening alongside their yearly mammogram, according to the American Cancer Society. Women who are at high risk of breast cancer include those with a family history of breast cancer, those who have gene mutations associated with high cancer risk, those who received radiation therapy on their chests between the ages of 10 and 30, and other factors identified by a physician, the ACS explains.
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