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Is mammography a reliable test to detect breast cancer?

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Posted on Wed, 9 Jul 2014
Question: can a doctor be 85% sure breast cancer is malignant based on mammogram and ultrasound without a biopsy

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Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar (36 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Combined procedure is up to 97 % sensitive.

Detailed Answer:
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Yes,mammography combined with ultrasound is highly sensitive and clinician can be up to 97 % sure about malignancy.

Combined mammography and USG has higher sensitivity rate than the sensitivity rate observed for either single modality.The diagnostic accuracy for carcinomas of the breast improves when mammography is combined with USG,even in cases which shows no evidence of microcalcification or other signs of abnormalities.

However,ultimate diagnosis is done by FNAC/biopsy.

Hope I have answered your question.
Further queries are most welcome.

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Dr.Indu XXXXXXX
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So does tfat mean heccan usentify ita malignant by ulstraaound
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Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar (1 hour later)
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Yes,doctor's can identify malignancy in majority of the cases by mammography and USG.

Hope I have answered your question.
Further queries are most welcome.

Take Care
Dr.Indu XXXXXXX
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Brief Answer: Combined procedure is up to 97 % sensitive. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX Thanks for writing to HCM Yes,mammography combined with ultrasound is highly sensitive and clinician can be up to 97 % sure about malignancy. Combined mammography and USG has higher sensitivity rate than the sensitivity rate observed for either single modality.The diagnostic accuracy for carcinomas of the breast improves when mammography is combined with USG,even in cases which shows no evidence of microcalcification or other signs of abnormalities. However,ultimate diagnosis is done by FNAC/biopsy. Hope I have answered your question. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr.Indu XXXXXXX