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How long does it take to get mammogram results? I have been waiting.

How long does it take to get mammogram results? I have been waiting.

Mammo results: The legal requirement of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) is that you receive a results letter within 30 days. Have you been waiting longer? Even if you haven't, if you are concerned, call your doctor's office and ask about the results. ...Read more

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


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How long does it take to get results from a diagnostic mammogram?

How long does it take to get results from a diagnostic mammogram?

Varies by institutio: Different centers have different turn-around. Many centers for breast excellence have radiologists who immediately read your mammogram while you are still there. Some places call you next day. Yet others may take days to get final report and send you a letter in mail, sometimes up to a week later. Ask for specifics wherever you are actually having your mammogram done. ...Read more

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Can it take long to get mammogram results?

Can it take long to get mammogram results?

Mammo results: The legal requirement of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) is that you receive a results letter within 30 days. Most often patients will hear from their doctor much sooner. If you are very worried, call your doctors office for results. Typically the report should be available within a couple of days. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get mammogram results?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get mammogram results?

Our group: Provides reports to referring doctors within 24 hours. It may take a few days for the results to arrive in a patient's mailbox. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get mammogram results back?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get mammogram results back?

Mammo results: The legal requirement of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) is that you receive a results letter within 30 days. Most often patients will hear from their doctor much sooner. If you are very worried, call your doctors office for results. Typically the report should be available within a couple of days. ...Read more

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How long is the result of a mammogram?

How long is the result of a mammogram?

Not very: It is increasingly the norm that a patient will be given an initial impression of the mammogram study before they leave the imaging facility. A final report to the patient will routinely follow by mail in a few days along with a report to the referring physician. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait before getting mammogram results?

How long do I have to wait before getting mammogram results?

Mammo results: The legal requirement of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) is that you receive a results letter within 30 days. Have you been waiting longer? Even if you haven't, if you are concerned, call your doctor's office and ask about the results. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you get a mammogram, do you get the results right away?

I wanted to know when you get a mammogram, do you get the results right away?

It depends: It depends on the facility, some may offer same day results. Call the facility and check their policy. Otherwise the results will probably be ready in a day or two. ...Read more

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How long after I stop nursing can I get a baseline mammogram?

Mammo: The lactational changes of the breast will make the breasts more dense, and the mammogram less sensitive in detecting cancer, so you should wait at least 6 months for those changes to resolve. ...Read more

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Mammogram results - how long before we hear back from obgyn?

Mammogram results - how long before we hear back from obgyn?

Mammo results: The legal requirement of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) is that you receive a results letter within 30 days. Most often patients will hear from their doctor much sooner. If you are very worried, call your doctors office for results. Typically the report should be available within a couple of days. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my right breast. How can I get help quickly and not wait in a long line for a mammogram?

I have a lump in my right breast. How can I get help quickly and not wait in a long line for a mammogram?

See a breast surgeon: I would not recommend a mammogram for a 28 yr old women. I advise you to see a breast surgeon (ideally one who performs ultrasound). They can assess the significance of this lump and decide what, if anything, needs to be done. In my practice we will see people asap under these circumstances due to the anxiety inherent with this problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a mammogram and a breast ultrasound today, why does it take 3-5 days to know results?

What to do if I had a mammogram and a breast ultrasound today, why does it take 3-5 days to know results?

Usually: A diagnostic mammo/US is interpreted on the same day. The logistics of every facility are a little different, not sure why it would take 3-5 days for results. If you don't want to wait, you can try calling and asking about the results. ...Read more

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Should I get a mammogram at 18 years old, my grandmother had breast cancer, should I take action now?

No mammogram yet.: First of all, the probability of a teenager getting breast cancer is less than one in a million, so there is no need for a mammogram (until age 40). If your grandmother is the only member of your family with breast or ovarian cancer, chances are that you have no increased risk for breast cancer as compared to any other woman in the US. Nevertheless, you are never too young to learn self-examination. ...Read more

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Should a person with 3 breast cysts non painful get a bioposy done to make sure thers no cancer? I recently had a mammogram then was told I needed a ultra sound I got my results but they say its not cancer how can they know this if a bioposy wasn't done

Should a person with 3 breast cysts non painful get a bioposy done to make sure thers no cancer? I recently had a mammogram then was told I needed a ultra sound I got my results but they say its not cancer how can they know this if a bioposy wasn't done

Hi,: Hi, that is a great question. First off, breast cysts are very common (especially in middle aged women — 40’s, 50’s & 60’s). The milk glands in the breast can enlarge over time and develop into a cyst. There can be one cyst or a number of cysts. The cyst can be tiny or large. Usually, the major source of concern would be if there was a large cyst that was causing the woman physical discomfort.
Masses that are seen on a mammogram that are suggestive of breast cancer often are calcified and usually are solid. The ultrasound is done to ensure that the cyst only contains fluid and no other materials. Unless the cysts contained materials other than fluids, a biopsy is normally not necessary. If the cyst is causing discomfort there is an option for aspiration. ...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

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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Is it bad to get first mammogram in their 50's?

Is it bad to get first mammogram in their 50's?

Mammogram.: Organizations like the American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology recommend starting screening at 40. There are some who recommend starting at 50. Either way, now is probably an appropriate time for you to have your first mammogram. ...Read more

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Do men get mammograms? How?

Do men get mammograms? How?

Yes, they do: Yes, men get mammogram as well if there is any suspicion on the clinical exam. Mammogram is done on the same exact procedure both in men and women. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get a mammogram?

ACR: Go to the a American College of Radiology Website (acr. Org) where you will find an interactive tool to find accredited mammography facilities near you. ...Read more

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How often should I get a mammogram?

How often should I get a mammogram?

Start annually age40: Annual mammography starting at age 40 is recommended by majority.
This is recommendation of the american cancer society, the american college of radiology, the american college of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as many others.
If one has relatives (specially first-degree relatives) with breast cancer in young age, screening should start earlier. ...Read more