What other tests might I need after a breast-cancer-screening mammogram?

Additional tests your doctor or radiologist may request following a screening (annual) mammogram include one or more of the following:
  • Diagnostic mammogram: If there was a breast change on your recent screening mammogram, a radiologist may request a diagnostic mammogram. During a diagnostic mammogram, x-ray images are taken to get views of the breast tissue from angles that are different than the screening mammogram.
  • Breast ultrasound: Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to make pictures of the breast. Ultrasound can be very helpful in determining if a structure in the breast is solid or fluid filled.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast: MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the breast that are better at showing certain breast conditions.

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