Related Pages Magnetic resonance imaging may be used to diagnose breast cancer. Doctors often use additional tests to find or diagnose breast cancer. They may refer women to a breast specialist or a surgeon. This does not mean that she has cancer or that she needs surgery. These doctors are experts in diagnosing breast problems.
Breast Cancer Diagnosis - National Breast Cancer Foundation
Core needle biopsy Core needle biopsy A core needle biopsy uses a long, hollow tube to extract a sample of tissue. Here, a biopsy of a suspicious breast lump is being done. The sample is sent to a laboratory for testing. Your breasts fit into a hollow depression in the table, which contains coils that detect magnetic signals. The table slides into the large opening of the MRI machine. Tests and procedures used to diagnose breast cancer include:
Breast Cancer Tests: Screening, Diagnosis, and Monitoring
Most breast-cancer-related tests fall into one or more of the following categories: Screening tests such as yearly mammograms are given routinely to people who appear to be healthy and are not suspected of having breast cancer. Their purpose is to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms can develop and the cancer usually is easier to treat. Diagnostic tests such as biopsy are given to people who are suspected of having breast cancer, either because of symptoms they may be experiencing or a screening test result.
Mammogram Mammogram A mammogram is an x-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas. In a diagnostic mammogram, more x-rays are taken, providing views of the breast from multiple vantage points. Ultrasound Ultrasound A breast ultrasound is a scan that uses penetrating sound waves that do not affect or damage the tissue and cannot be heard by humans. It scans the tissue, making detailed pictures of areas within the breast.