Problematic Mammogram? What’s Next?
“Get a mammogram,” the medical community shouts. But what then? What happens when a mammogram comes back with images suggesting cancer? There are several steps to establish just what the mammogram results found and to further diagnose the issue. Here are a few of the most common tests you should get after receiving a problematic mammogram test:
Ultrasound:This imaging test uses sound waves to create a photograph of your breast. That photo will show whether a lump is filled with fluid or solid. If it shows a fluid-filled sac that is a cyst, then it’s not cancerous. If the mass is solid, it may be cancerous. The photographs will be stored in video format or printed out for further analysis.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): In a MRI, a powerful magnet is used to take a detailed picture of the breast tissue. Your doctor will then view the pictures on the computer that is controlling the MRI or print them out on to film.
Biopsy: Tissue or fluid will be removed from the breast with a needle to help diagnose if the cells are cancerous or not. Your doctor may refer you to an expert in breast disease to do the biopsy.