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Mammogram while breastfeeding

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Best to Wait: The breast tissue is extremely dense when breastfeeding, making it almost impossible to interpret a mammogram. If one has a lump, it is far better to... Read More
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Breastfeeding: The lactational changes of the breast make it more "dense" and may limit the sensitivity for detecting cancer, so in the screening setting best to wai... Read More

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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Mammogram: Calcifications on mammogram can be normal or suspicious depending on the appearance. The radiologist will determine if other testing is needed and you... Read More
Dr. Andrew Doe
Interventional Radiology 20 years experience
Yes: There are many things than can cause calcifications in your breasts. Breast tissue is very dynamic and turns over like your uterus (with each cycles)... Read More
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Yes,: lactational changes can(uncommonly) cause breast calcifications that may look suspicious.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Schaffer-Polakof
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
No: Mammograms should not be done while breastfeeding. Wait about 3 months after you finish breastfeeding to do one.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Breastfeeding: The mammo will have no effect on the baby. The lactational changes of the breasts will make make them more "dense" on the mammo, decreasing the sens... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 40 years experience
Exam!: Bleeding from the nipples is often the result of some sort of trauma or friction & often not cause for great concern. This is also sometimes assoc... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Consider ultrasound: I understand that doctor is worried about radiating breasts when you are breastfeeding, but another option would be to get an ultrasound which is safe... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
True: This is true but if you have an abnormal lump, the an ultrasound can be done. At 25 (if this is your real age), you should not need a mammogram unless... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jose Abreu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
No: Not a good time to do mammogram while breast feeding. First the breast is engorged and full of cysts. Second the radiation will be passed into the b... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
A Breast X-ray: A mammogram is a special x-ray of the breast used to detect breast cancer.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Simple & easy: You will be taken into a room with the mammogram machine. Your breast will be put between 2 plates (ask for a soft pad on the bottom). Once the pict... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Takao Ohnuma
Medical Oncology 64 years experience
Not necessarily hurt: In order to take a good picture breast tissue must be flattened by providing pressure to one direction. This should be explained to patient and perfor... Read More

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