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How Do You Do A Mammogram On Aa Breasts
A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more
Can be done: Mammograms can be done on virtually anyone. You will get 2 views - one from head to toe and the other from the side. Women with smaller breasts can be done. ...Read more
No: They can even be done for men under certain circumstances. ...Read more
Mammogram says The breasts are symmetrical and composed of mixed fibrograndular and fatty tissues. Is this normal?
Yes this is normal: Unless there is a discrete lump or mass in the breast, you do not need to worry. ...Read more
Yes most of the time: Accuracy of mammography in varies serious positive for ca any where from 78% to 90 % but over all not 100% as in biopsy. For the diagnosis other parameters are involved like specific findindings, besides age, family history, physical findings, genetic diseases, personal habits, medications etc regular breast examination, awareness is also essential for early diagnosis and cure. ...Read more
No: 10 to 15 percent of breast cancers can not be seen on mammograms even if a mass or other finding is physically identified. For that reason women are told to examine themselves monthly and see their doctor for an exam yearly or more if they have prior history of breast cancer that was treated. ...Read more
40 and above: Women should perform breast self checks every month and contact a doctor is there is anything abnormal. Yearly mammograms start at age 40. Many women get a baseline mammogram at 35, if there is not any high risk factor. If there is a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, contact your doctor or a breast surgeon for specific recommendations. ...Read more
Are mammograms as good for small breasted women? Does the effectiveness of a mammogram decrease if you have small breasts?
I had a mammogram exam and the findings say, Moderate parenchymal density is seen in both breasts. What does that mean? Should I be concerned?
No concern needed: It simply means that your breasts are "thick" with tissue and moderately hard to "see" on mammogram. A word of caution however, because of your post menopausal age of 63, if the MD reading your future mammogram report indicates that it is very difficult to see through them to provide an adequate negative examination, please follow up with the additional recommended testing. ...Read more
None: At present there are no definite good alternatives to mammograms for breast screening. Ultrasound and MRI are complimentary to mammograms but do not replace mammograms. Specifically microcalcifications are best seen on mammograms which have resolution of up to 70 microns. There are some advertised screening alternatives but none are as tried and true as mammograms. ...Read more
Different techniques: The two tests look at tissue in different ways and provide complimentary information. Your radiologist and surgeon will use this info to determine whether further studies are needed. ...Read more
I get annual mammograms but don't do a monthly exam as my breasts are lumpy. Would an ultrasound be useful? Should I be checking them monthly?
Yes: Breast self exams are useful, especially with lumpy breasts. Ultrasound may demonstrate cysts which may help rule out a solid mass. ...Read more
No,: There is no indication for more frequent mammograms. There may be a role for additional adjunct screening, for example ultrasound, in dense breasts, but currently there are no established guidelines for this. ...Read more
It doesn't really: Mean anything, it is a vague and nonspecific statement, not part of the standard ACR BIRADS mammography lexicon. It is not describing any specific abnormality. ...Read more
Mammogram/ultrasound: The mammogram (mg) and ultrasound (us) show breast tissue in different ways. The mg is better for women with fatty breasts. The us can help tell if a mass is solid or cystic (fluid filled). It can also give a better picture for women who have dense breasts. The tests are often used together to help determine what is going on. ...Read more
Both are helpful: Mammograms use x-ray technique and are better at detecting tiny calcium deposits that may signal an early breast cancer than ultrasound. Mammograms can also detect tumors. Ultrasound uses soundwaves, like sonar, and will help determine if a lump is solid (requiring biopsy) or a cyst (fluid filled & usually not cancer). Both tests work together to find breast cancer. ...Read more
There are 3 mainstream modalities of breast imaging - mammogram, ultrasound and breast mri. Each of these has its strengths and weaknesses.
Mammogram is used as a screening tool for all women in the us because it gives the best overall picture. The ultrasound is most commonly used to help discern between a cyst and a solid lesion. ...Read more
Probably not: You need to have a breast evaluation first. Most of the time pain is due to fibrocystic condition or breast cysts. An ultrasound will be very helpful. I would not recommend a mammogram at age 32 unless there is a suspicious lesion in the breast for which a biopsy is planned. ...Read more
Important info: The mammogram (mg) and ultrasound (us) show breast tissue in different ways. The mg is better for women with fatty breasts. The us can help tell if a mass is solid or cystic (fluid filled). It can also give a better picture for women who have dense breasts. The tests are often used together to help determine what is going on. ...Read more
Check BIRADS: Mammogram reports will include a birads category in an attempt to standardize interpretation. A birads 0 means that additional testing is needed, such as a magnification view or an ultrasound. Birads 3 means that the abnormality is "probably benign" (<2% risk) and warrants 6-month follow-up. A biopsy is recommended for birads 4 and 5 abn, which have a 15-30% and >75% chance of being malignant. ...Read more