Breast MRI vs. Ultrasound

kmglcg Member Posts: 5
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
I had breast cancer a year and a half ago. Underwent 2 surgeries for lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Since I completed my treatments, I have been extremely sore from the surgeries and from lingering radiation effect. For this reason, I do not want to go through the pain of being compressed by a mammogram. I discussed this with my doctor and we agreed to do a breast MRI. I needed some kind of screening, as I have not had any since I was diagnosed. Well, wouldn't you know it, I had the MRI and it came back showing 2 lesions in the previously affected breast (one in the same tumor area) and 1 lesion in the other breast. NOW, they are wanting to do and Ultrasound to verify what the MRI revealed. - Isn't that kind of working backwords? - I thought MRI was supposed to be the superior diagnostic tool. I would have expected to be going in for a biopsy resulting from this MRI, not another diagnostic test. Does anyone have any experience with this?


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    24242 Member Posts: 1,398
    I am beginning to think every cancer patient is study and this might be part of it. They want to see if it is visable with the altrasound so that others can benefit from what they learn. MRI's are the more expensive dx test so they would like to know if can be seen with the less expensive measure, or this is what I think. Most mammography does not show cancerous areas in younger women so altrasound is a common tool here in Canada. Nothing is backwords they are just learning as much as they can, not a bad thing I guess. Good for you to keep on it and make it happen, knowing your body is they key.
    My thoughts are with you and be good to yourself always,