Two In One Testing For Breast Cancer

X-RAY MAMMOGRAMS ARE AN imperfect means of detecting breast cancer. They can't tell a cancerous lesion from a harmless cyst, they miss up to 40% of the cancers in the denser breasts of younger women, and reading them is as much art as science. So physicians are increasingly supplementing mammograms with ultrasound images of the breast. But while so-called sonograms can tell cysts from lesions, thus preventing unnecessary biopsies, matching and comparing suspicious spots on the ultrasound image with those on the mammogram isn't easy. And two exams cost more.

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