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A 59-year-old female asked:

Had to redo mammogram because breast tissue wasn't compressed & looked suspicious. caused great anxiety. why not done properly 1st time?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 33 years experience
Screening: Mammograms sometimes don't compress all the tissue the same way because each woman has different anatomy. Areas that need extra compression (and sometimes ultrasound) are often found by the radiologist later when the study is read. This requires the patient to return for a diagnostic mammogram to settle any concerns. This two part process screens the largest number of women at the lowest cost.
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Dr. Kamran Janjua
Radiology 23 years experience
Learn more about the reasons for mammogram "call backs" here - http://www.conciergeradiologist.com/mammogram-procedure.html
Jul 27, 2013
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Communication skills can vary. I'm so glad Dr. Daniel and the other Healthtap responders were able to provide explanations that hopefully relieve your anxiety and restore your confidence in your doctors. It may be helpful to them for you to describe your concerns and the process you went through to reassure yourself.
Jul 27, 2013
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Yes, it is possible: Initial mammogram may have not had enough compression an area, or the overlapping structures may have caused a summation shadow. The original mammogram may have been performed well but the radiologist saw something and wanted extra views. Extra/spot views provide focal compression over the area of concern and spread out the tissues more, to make sure there is nothing of concern in that area.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Communication skills can vary. I'm so glad Dr. Accurso and the other Healthtap responders were able to provide explanations that hopefully relieve your anxiety and restore your confidence in your doctors. It may be helpful to them for you to describe your concerns and the process you went through to reassure yourself.
Jul 27, 2013
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
Mammo recall: It is rare that a patient is recalled for a technical error on a mammo,but occasionally it happens. Much more likely in your case is that the radiologist identified a potential abnormality on the screening study, which required special extra views to better evaluate.The "spot" compression on the extra views is much more effective at spreading out the tissue than the general compression of screenin
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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