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Alternatives and Supplements to Mammography, Part 1—Breast Ultrasound

Aug 23, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Mammography is the only breast cancer screening tool that has been proven to reduce deaths through early detection. However, other imaging modalities can be valuable when a supplement or alternative to mammography is needed. Women who are unable to undergo mammography or whose mammography images provide insufficient information are often referred for breast ultrasound.

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Topics: women's ultrasound

Transvaginal Ultrasound—Why It’s Recommended & What to Expect

Jul 17, 2018 4:06:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Most people are familiar with transdermal ultrasound exams, during which the ultrasound transducer is passed over the surface of the skin to produce images of internal structures. To assess issues related to the female reproductive system, however, doctors sometimes recommend a transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS). This procedure involves placing a specially designed transducer into the vagina to produce clearer images for the assessment of some conditions. 

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Topics: women's ultrasound

Sonohysterography for Investigating Gynecological Issues

Mar 25, 2018 8:47:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

A woman who experiences symptoms like trouble getting pregnant, repeated miscarriages, or abnormal menstrual bleeding may be referred for a sonohysterogram to investigate possible causes. If a transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasound produces insufficiently clear images to locate the source of the problem, then a sonohysterogram may be recommended.

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Topics: sonohysterogram, women's ultrasound

Mammogram, Breast Ultrasound, & Breast MRI—What’s the Difference?

Jun 29, 2017 4:14:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Mammography is the standard for breast cancer screening, but it’s not the only imaging method that doctors use to get information about breast conditions and possible cancers. In some cases, ultrasound or MRI are chosen to supplement or replace mammography as a breast imaging tool. To help you understand why your doctor may recommend a particular breast imaging procedure, here are some basic reasons that each is often used.

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Topics: mammography, breast MRI, women's ultrasound

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