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Breast ultrasound

09/23/2008

Question:

I have a broken shoulder that is healing but with limited mobility and still very painful. As I am unable to properly stretch for a mamogram, would ultrasound be an effective alternative to skipping a mamogram this year?

Answer:

Ultrasound is not a sufficient alternative to mammogram.  It does not adequately image and often misses calcifications.  I would still see if you could have your annual mammogram.  There are likely alternative views that can be used to image completely given your limited mobility.

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Response by:

Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University