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Should I receive a follow up mri after one I had 2 years ago revealed a benign cyst.

Should I receive a follow up mri after one I had 2 years ago revealed a benign cyst.

MR safety: Assuming you have not had interim metal in your eye from injury or surgery somewhere with some metal put in MR is safe. A lot of implanted stuff is MR safe these days anyway. MR contrast agents are generally safe too esp. if you have normal kidneys. If your Dr. wants you to have another MR, for a benign cyst, you should likely have it. Cysts can grow.Radiologist is responsible for your safety, too ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Why do I have to wait 6 months for a follow-up ultrasound after a breast biopsy?

Why do I have to wait 6 months for a follow-up ultrasound after a breast biopsy?

Ask your doctor.: If the biopsy was benign, your doctor may want to check to make sure that there aren't any new problems and that things are stable. The best thing is to ask your physician. They know your medical history and have been following this issue. ...Read more

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I had a baby 3 months ago and had a pap smear last week. The results came back with possible hgil. Scared to go for a coloscopy. Is there a link?

I had a baby 3 months ago and had a pap smear last week. The results came  back with possible hgil. Scared to go for a coloscopy. Is there a link?

No: The abnormal pap smear indicates that there may be cells on the cervix which could become cancer in the future. The colposcopy is essential to gain more information and to see if treatment is needed to prevent cancer. This should not be related to your recent delivery. ...Read more

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What is a Bilateral ultrasound. I received a letter that I have it done after I had a mammogram?

What is a Bilateral ultrasound. I received a letter that I have it done after I had a mammogram?

Both breasts: Bilateral means both sides. If after a mammogram of both breasts a bilateral ultrasound is recommended, an ultrasound on both breasts is what they suggest to do. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan done for a possible second inguinal hernia. The results showed fatty tissue pressing through. Should I have surgery for this?

I had a CT scan done for a possible second inguinal hernia. The results showed fatty tissue pressing through. Should I have surgery for this?

Only if you: have symptoms, such as pain or cosmetic disfigurement because of its size. It is usually safe to defer hernia repair surgery until the hernia becomes symptomatic. ...Read more

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For the last few months i have felt a BB size bump om the cervix. I have had a abnormal pap and a LEEP about 7 years ago. ?

For the last few months i have felt a BB size bump om the cervix.  I  have had a abnormal pap and a LEEP about 7 years ago. ?

Bump on. Cervix: See your ob/gyn in the near future. He or she can take a good look at what you are feeling and remove it if needed. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Had a ultrasound 11/2012, for some breast pain results were cysts. It is now time for my mamogram, since i just had a ultrasound should I wait?

Had a ultrasound 11/2012, for some breast pain results were cysts.
It is now time for my mamogram, since i just had a ultrasound should I wait?

No: The mammogram provides a look at all of the breast tissue and, unlike ultrasound, can help fine suspicious calcifications and areas of asymmetry. Important to get your annual mammogram. ...Read more

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Two and a half months ago i had an embolization procedure for my vericocele, and i haven't seen any results. Was the operation unsuccessful?

Two and a half months ago i had an embolization procedure for my vericocele, and i haven't seen any results. Was the operation unsuccessful?

Possibly: Sometimes there are collateral veins below the level of embolization that enlarge after the embolization and allow for continued reflux into the testicular veins. A repeat doppler ultrasound should be able to tell if the varicocele is still present. If so, the will be consideration for further treatment, re-embo or surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why would a dr. Ask for a second CT scan? Had one done a week ago.. Told me it was not urgent but to go back in 3 months for another CT scan

Why would a dr. Ask for a second CT scan? Had one done a week ago.. Told me it was not urgent but to go back in 3 months for another CT scan

Frequently, : Frequently, an abnormality is found which is most likely inconsequential, however rarely may be a problem. An example would be a mass on the adrenal gland. These are commonly seen and are usually benign; meaning they have no consequence. However, rarely they may be cancer. Sometimes, we'll ask for a repeat exam with a different technique for further evaluation to prove they're benign. Other times we would like to see if there has been an interval change; such as with a lung nodule. Lung nodules are frequently seen and are often benign, but we can't know for sure unless we can say it has been stable for a given period of time. There are many other reasons for a repeat exam. I suggest you discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Had a inguinal hernia surgery done a year and a half ago. Recently started to have sharp pains like i did before the surgery.Should i be concerned?

Had a inguinal hernia surgery done a year and a half ago.  Recently started to have sharp pains like i did before the surgery.Should i be concerned?

See a doctor: Most of the time, pain after inguinal hernia repair is because of stitches used during the operation. See your surgeon or your primary medical doctor to get checked out. Often, a simple injection can help with the pain. ...Read more

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I have had a vibration/dizzy sensation in my head for a few days, I had a lumbar puncture a 2 weeks ago (with spinal headache[resolved]). Correlation?

I have had a vibration/dizzy sensation in my head for a few days, I had a lumbar puncture a 2 weeks ago (with spinal headache[resolved]). Correlation?

Low CSF pressure: headaches caused by a spinal tap. The treatment: 1. Pain relievers. 2.Fluids and caffeine. 3. Sometimes an epidural blood patch. Low-pressure headaches are intense and visit for your doctor is warranted. ...Read more

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I have had an ovarian cyst for 3 months. Is it normal for it to shrink and enlarge every few days? I have a dr appt in a few weeks.

I have had an ovarian cyst for 3 months. Is it normal for it to shrink and enlarge every few days? I have a dr appt in a few weeks.

Ovarian cyst: Ovarian cysts can change in size during a woman's cycle. How do you know it changes size "every few days"? Its unlikely you could tell that short of an ultrasound. Or, are you having pain intermittently and interpreting that as a size change? ...Read more

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Would a chest CT scan done for unrelated reasons have detected a ruptured silicone implant? Hoping to avoid a routine MRI. Breast Aug was 3 years ago.

Would a chest CT scan done for unrelated reasons have detected a ruptured silicone implant? Hoping to avoid a routine MRI. Breast Aug was 3 years ago.

Possibly: Ask if the Radiologist can review the CT and render an impression as to the status of the implant. Important that the Radiologist has any information as to any symptoms or physical findings relating to the implants. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi can u advise came on a period 7 days in total have started bleeding again this can't be normal had a smear an biopsy done normal ?

Hi can u advise came on a period 7 days in total have started bleeding again this can't be normal had a smear an biopsy done normal
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Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Can you see a Subdural Hematoma in a Ct facial scan? Got a black eye 3weeks ago. And have headache still. I got a ct facial scan done at ER weeks ago

Can you see a  Subdural Hematoma in a Ct facial scan? Got a black eye 3weeks ago. And have headache still. I got a ct facial scan done at ER weeks ago

Possibly, but: only if the subdural is in the frontal region. The facial CT likely did not include most of the brain, and was performed with a bone detail technique which would not be optimal for looking at intracranial abnormalities. ...Read more

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I recently had a mammogram done. I got a call back to come in for a ultrasound. Assyterim density. Recently 9 months out bariatric. 70 pounds lost?

I recently had  a mammogram done. I got a call back to come in for a ultrasound. 
Assyterim density.  Recently 9 months out bariatric.  70 pounds lost?

Weight loss: can cause mammographic changes due to fat loss and resultant relative increase in breast density. What did the ultrasound show? If it cannot be determined whether the mammographic changes are due to weight loss, additional imaging with MRI or needle biopsy may be necessary to completely evaluate the asymmetry. Mammographic developing asymmetries have about a 10% chance of malignancy. ...Read more

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Hi I started having issues awhile back with both breast and rafiating pai. Under both armpits Had mammogram and .ultrasound done both came out fine. B?

Hi I started having issues awhile back with both breast and rafiating pai. Under both armpits Had mammogram and .ultrasound done both came out fine. B?

Breast pain: breast pain could be caused by different factors- from the hormonal, cystic breasts, musculoskeletal , etc. I am happy to know that your mammo and US are fine. breast pain is not a very common symptoms related to breast cancer. Some food/beverages- such as caffeinated beverages, chocolate, mint, could contribute to breast pain. try to avoid those food/drinks and follow up with your doc definitely. ...Read more

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What is a Bilateral ultrasound. I received a letter that I have it done after I had a mammogram?

Both breasts: Bilateral means both sides. If after a mammogram of both breasts a bilateral ultrasound is recommended, an ultrasound on both breasts is what they suggest to do. ...Read more

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Help!! did mammogram and was normal. no ultrasound done. still have pain. feel something hard. what to do?

Help!! did mammogram and was normal.  no ultrasound done.  still have pain.  feel something hard. what to do?

Clinical breast exam: Have you had your doctor do a clinical breast examination(CBE)? A mammogram should always be accompanied by a breast examination done by a health care professional as the mammogram will miss 10 % of breast lumps. if you and your doctor feel a lump, it must be checked further with an ultrasound and a biopsy of the lump is also a must if the lump is confirmed by your doctor ...Read more

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I had both the same day, and the mammogram come back normal, but the ultrasound came back abnormal? Which one is more accurate?

I had both the same day, and the mammogram come back normal,  but the ultrasound came back abnormal? Which one is more accurate?

Different: Mammogram and ultrasound look at different qualities. Mammogram is good at seeing tissue that is more dense than surrounding tissue and for calcifications. Ultrasound is good at seeing the whether those tissues are solid or fluid-filled or both. The two together, in addition to the physician's exam, help to create a more complete picture. Trust in your doctor to interpret these findings for you. ...Read more

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I had my first mammogram and they called me back for an ultrasound. What could be the reason?

I had my first mammogram and they called me back for an ultrasound. What could be the reason?

Very common: Ultrasound is often used to evaluate densities seen on a mammogram. Most often a round density on a mammogram is a benign cyst or benign breast tumor called a fibroadenoma. If the ultrasound suggests an alternative diagnosis it can be used to guide biopsy. Basically it is a second test used to provide additional information. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an ultrasound be done immediately after a mammogram if a mass shows up.

Is it normal for an ultrasound be done immediately after a mammogram if a mass shows up.

It depends: It depends on the workflow of the facility. Some may have immediate interpretations, with the availability of ultrasound before the patient leaves. Others may not be able to accomodate the ultrasound right away, and might have to schedule it for another day.In any case, it is fairly standard to get an ultrasound to evaluate a mass, it is variable as to whether the US can be done immediately. ...Read more

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Ultrasound vs mammograms? What are the differences between an ultrasound and mammogram? I had an ultrasound done and the tech thought he found a lump, but he said he needed to investigate it more, so he wanted to schedule another ultrasound. Shouldn't i

Ultrasound vs mammograms? What are the differences between an ultrasound and mammogram? I had an ultrasound done and the tech thought he found a lump, but he said he needed to investigate it more, so he wanted to schedule another ultrasound.  Shouldn't i

X-ray vs sound waves: If you have a lump that can be felt, it's likely the radiologist will want an ultrasound as well as mammogram. Mammogram uses x-rays to see calcifications that might indicate a breast cancer, while ultrasound uses sound waves to see different characteristics of breast tissue such as blood flow, size and shape of a lump and whether it's solid or cystic. Ultrasound is also used to guide biopsy. ...Read more

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After an abnormal mammogram and an abnormal ultrasound, what are the chances of the MRI coming back abnormal?

After an abnormal mammogram and an abnormal ultrasound, what are the chances of the MRI coming back abnormal?

If there is: a specific abnormality identified on both ultrasound and mammography, it will probably be visualized on MRI as well. ...Read more

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Had a Mammogram come back Br-aid 1 negative but have Heterogenous breast dense why is my dr sending me for a ultrasound im worried?

Had a Mammogram come back Br-aid 1 negative but have Heterogenous breast dense why is my dr sending me for a ultrasound  im worried?

Two tests better tha: Dense breasts are not adequately examined with Mammography alone, so it is common to add an Ultrasound exam to it so that the 2 tests can better visualize your breast and not miss any small tumor or mass. No reason to worry...it is a commonly done procedure and done for a good reason. This will give you more peace of mind, than an incomplete examination( if you did one test only) ...Read more

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I form lumps in my breast they are not a mass and one of them is not a cyst they done ultrasound and mammogram but it still scared me what is it?

I form lumps in my breast they are not a mass and one of them is not a cyst they done ultrasound and mammogram but it still scared me what is it?

Lump: Being scared is a normal feeling. However, do not let the fear take over your life. If no strong family history of breast/ovarian cancer, having a normal mammo and sono are sufficient and they should put your mind on ease. F/u with your md and have annual clinical breast exam and you can also do self breast check.But, if you are at high risk-strong family history-mri need to be considered. D/w md. ...Read more

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What is the difference between screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram? Why does the diagnostic one have to be done with breast ultrasound?

What is the difference between screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram?  Why does the diagnostic one have to be done with breast ultrasound?

Purpose: The purpose of a screening mammogram is to identify breast cancer in women who have no signs of disease, while the purpose of a diagnostic mammogram is to obtain more detail on a known abnormality identified on prior physical exam or imaging study. A diagnostic mammogram need not always be done with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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I had a breast lump checked using ultrasound and told results said unremarkable but get a baseline mammogram. I did this back in may. I didn't hear back, so i figured everything fine. All summer i noticed left breast swollen more than right. End of

You need to be: re-evaluated by your physician. You should check the report of the mammogram, don't assume anything. Incidentally, federal MQSA regulations require that a patient be notified, in writing, of mammo results within 30 days. If you didn't get a letter, your facility may not be in compliance with the law. ...Read more

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My mom had breast cancer, i'm 39 and i just had a mammogram and breast ultrasound and got called back to my doctor, should I be worried?

My mom had breast cancer, i'm 39 and i just had a mammogram and breast ultrasound and got called back to my doctor, should I be worried?

No just follow-up: You had a screening mammogram. This test is designed to determine if your mammogram is normal or abnormal. An abnormal mammogram does not mean you have breast cancer. You can have a fibroadenoma, a breast cyst or other benign breast condition which are much more common than breast cancer. The next step if the screening mammogram is abnormal is to perform a diagnostic mammogram of the area. ...Read more

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Should both mammogram and sonogram be done forlarge breasts?

Should both mammogram and sonogram be done forlarge breasts?

Maybe: Each is good for a specific problem. Start with the mammogram and if no abn. Findings then sono not necc. If area of question, sono can tell diff. Between a cyst or mass. ...Read more

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Mamogram: focal asymetry ill marginated; sonogram: some findings, come back fr mri, should I be worried?

It sounds like: there is an equivocal abnormality that needs MRI for further clarification. Don't worry yet, complete the workup and see what the result is. If it was a definitive abnormality on mammo and/or ultrasound, a biopsy rather than MRI would likely have been recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mammogram (Definition)

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