Question: Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of ads online promoting breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography. Is it true that I can have a breast ultrasound instead of a mammogram and still get accurate results?
The general answer to this question is no.
According to Dr. Jason McKellop, Medical Director at Breastlink Tarzana, as well as a board-certified radiologist with fellowship training in breast imaging, breast ultrasound, although a powerful imaging utility, is a supplement and not a substitute for mammography screening.
“There are findings seen on mammogram that are either less visible or not seen on ultrasound,” Dr. McKellop explains. “Microcalcifications, generally speaking, are virtually invisible on sonography.”
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