When is additional imaging indicated following a breast cancer screening mammogram?

Updated: Oct 17, 2016
  • Author: Nagwa Dongola, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Peter Eby, MD  more...
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Ultrasonography, nuclear medicine study, and MRI have adjuvant roles in breast cancer imaging and staging. In patients of any age with increased breast density, which may mask small cancers, additional tests such as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), ultrasonography, nuclear medicine study, and MRI may be useful.

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