A member asked:

Can an area of dense breast tissue just appear within a year of a mammogram and can the area disappear?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Paxton Daniel answered

Specializes in Radiology

Yes: Dense breast tissue can come and go depending on when the mammogram was performed as it relates to your menstrual cycle. Changes in weight can also effect breast density as well as the technical issue of how much the breast was compressed (squeezed) when the mammogram was performed. Lots of variables.

Answered 12/31/2015


Dr. Eric Brown answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Yes: The breast tissue changes w age and hormonal changes. If found on mammogram, densities require additional mammographic views, compression views and possibly ultrasound.

Answered 4/21/2014


Dr. Michael Gabor answered

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology

Yes,: sometimes slight changes in mammographic positioning can cause what looks like a new area of density, which subsequently disappears on additional views because it wasn't really an actual change in the first place.

Answered 7/21/2014



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