Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Based on information you provide to your doctor and the results of a physical exam, you might need to have additional tests, which may include:

  • Diagnostic ultrasound of the nipple and areola. An ultrasound uses sound waves to make images of breast tissue. It allows your doctor to evaluate the milk ducts beneath your nipple. A diagnostic ultrasound lets your doctor focus on an area of suspicion.
  • Diagnostic mammography. Mammography provides X-ray images of your breast and can help your doctor evaluate your breast tissue. A diagnostic mammogram provides more detailed views of a specific area of your breast than a screening mammogram does.
June 02, 2012

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