Oct 20, 2007 11:41pm, edited Mar 19, 2008 12:56pm by TenderIsOurMight
Well, I lost my post to you, Ginger. oh well, i'll just try to say it shorter.
But first, welcome to breastcancer.org's discussion threads. Lots of support here, knowledgeable survivors, with experience in these matters. Always someone on, by and large, to help through difficult times and questioning times.
Yes, you should ask for a breast ultrasound at this point in time since the mammogram tech even admitted she was not able to fully visualize the lump at the side of your breast with the x-ray machine. But first,the radiologist should direct a second mammogram if needed, to incorporate the area, as mammogram remains the gold standard in detection.
An ultrasound probe or wand, is much better at being movable, and getting into the angles needed to visualize a lump, and it allows adjusting the background and depth to get the best real time picture. You definitely should have a radiologist look at this lump under ultrasound and see what they make of it. Yet it is an adjunct to mammogram typically.
Was this test already ordered? The tech should have informed the radiologist of the technical problem with the mammogram, and he/she should give guidance regarding a second mammogram attempt, followed by an ultrasound.
80% of breast lumps are benign, and this may well be a lymph node. But always to be sure, a followup ultrasound and biopsy if seen makes for good medicine.
Hope this helps, and wishing you b9 results,
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