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What is overlapping tissue on a mammogram?

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Dr. Maria-claudia Mallarino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Usually refers an ov: Usually refers an overlapping breast tissue on the the mammogram. This makes the mammogram more difficult to read
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
Overlapping: tissue is normal. Since a mammogram is a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional object, the occasional overlap of normal tissue superimposed on normal tissue behind it, or in front of it, sometimes looks like an abnormality. Extra views are then necessary to spread out the tissue and prove that it is normal. Only normal tissue will spread out. Real masses persist on extra views.
Last updated Nov 12, 2020

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