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Tests for Diagnosing Breast Cancer

The following are some of the tests used in the diagnosis and evaluation of breast cancer:

Bone scan

Breast biopsy

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Breast self-exam (BSE)

Breast MRI

Breast ultrasound

Chemistry screen

Chest X-ray

Complete blood count (CBC)

CT scan of the brain

CT scan of chest abdomen pelvis

Clinical (doctor's) breast exam (CBE)

Ductal lavage


Estrogen and progesterone receptor

HER2 receptor status


Minimally invasive breast biopsy

MRI scan

Sentinel lymph node biopsy

PET scan


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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on June 12, 2015

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