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A 40-year-old female asked:

what does it mean if a new focal asymmetry on screening mammogram "flattened into benign pattern" on diagnostic mammogram? i have very dense breasts.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
No abnormality: It generally means that the original appearance on the screening mammogram was due to a coincidental overlapping of normal breast structures, causing the false appearance of a possible abnormality. On the diagnostic images,the overlapping structures spread out and look normal again, proving that the original "abnormality" was not real. A true mass would not flatten or spread out on the diag mammo

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What are the specific screening recommendations for women before menopause?

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