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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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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 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

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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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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 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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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 does a mammogram appointment take?

Not long: Mammogram itself takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Waiting time to be taken for performance of study in imaging office or hospital is variable. ...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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How long should you have to wait for results of diagnostic mammogram?

Diagnostic: Mammogram should be interpreted by the radiologist while you wait. ...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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At today's mammogram, the tech mentioned I had high density in my breast and not to be surprised if I get a call to come back. Should I be concerned?

At today's mammogram, the tech mentioned I had high density in my breast and not to be surprised if I get a call to come back. Should I be concerned?

Common finding: Women in their 30s and 40s tend to have denser breast tissue. As such, it makes it more challenging for the radiologists to interpret. Often times, women are asked to come back so they can take more views and make sure they are not overlooking anything. It is not a cause for concern. ...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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Dr said it takes 3 months for breast tissue to go back to normal after stopping breastfeeding which is why I have to wait for mammogram. True?

True: This is true but if you have an abnormal lump, the an ultrasound can be done. At 25 (if this is your real age), you should not need a mammogram unless you are high risk. ...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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I had a screening mammogram an it came back negative but report says heterogeneously dense breast, what does this mean and how accurate are the result?

I had a screening mammogram an it came back negative but report says heterogeneously dense breast, what does this mean and how accurate are the result?

Dense breasts: "Dense" breasts are normal, but decrease the sensitivity of the mammo for detecting cancers. Some studies show that the sensitivity of mammography in this setting can decrease to as low as 50%. Also, dense breasts are an independent risk factor for developing breast cancer, and cancers discovered in women with dense breasts tend to be more advanced. ...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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My mammogram report results came back birads 4 but my sonogram report came back negative so why does my doctor recommend a breast biopsy?

My mammogram report results came back birads 4 but my sonogram report came back negative so why does my doctor recommend a breast biopsy?

Because. ..: If a suspicious lesion is noted on mammography an us is obtained. This allows for better definition of the lesion in the breast. However, a "negative" us does not rule out an underlying problem and the correct next step is to proceed with your physicians recommendation, in this case a biopsy. None of the imaging techniques are perfect, the final decision is based on all the information. ...Read more

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Hi in September I found a lump in my breast I have since went to the doctor had an mammogram and ultra sound and was told I had a fibroadenoma and fibrocystic breast and to get daily check ups every since months but I have been having back pain regularly

Hi in September I found a lump in my breast I have since went to the doctor had an mammogram and ultra sound and was told I had a fibroadenoma and fibrocystic breast and to get daily check ups every since months but I have been having back pain regularly

Not Related: Your back pain is not related to your breast issues which are "benign" Upper back pain, however, can be associated with very large breasts (a reason for breast reduction surgery)
Hope this information helps!
Dr Z ...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

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Should men get mammograms regularly?

Should men get mammograms regularly?

No, the: Incidence of breast cancer in men is too low to warrant a general screening program. Individual men with high risk profiles, however, might be candidates for screening. ...Read more

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When should a woman get a mammogram?

When should a woman get a mammogram?

Yearly age 40 and up: New information suggests a shortened "sojourn" time in younger women. Meaning cancers can grow faster in women in their 40's. While cancers are less common in this group, more frequent screening is important. Risk of breast ca goes up with age, so yearly testing is suggested. Women with strong family history may need to start earlier. ...Read more

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At what age can you get a mammogram?

At what age can you get a mammogram?

Screening mammo: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. I see you are 44, you should consider getting one soon. ...Read more

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How often should you get a mammogram?

How often should you get a mammogram?

At least every 2 yrs: This is unclear, because a well-done study showed little difference between yearly or every 2 year mammograms in women ages 50-69. The age to start mammograms is also unclear. For women under 50, it takes 1, 904 mammograms to prevent one death from breast cancer. Most groups recommend starting at age 40, but ask your doctor to explain your personal risks and benefits based on your history. ...Read more

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Where can I get a painfree mammogram?

Accredited unit: Most mammograms are almost painfree or associated with little discomfort. Some people experience more pain. Use a mammography service that has accreditation. Some services offer a soft pad on the machine which makes it slightly more comfortable. Talk to the technician before the procedure and alert her/him of your pain threshold.. ...Read more

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What age is mammogram no longer needed?

It depends: There is no clear cut answer. If you are in relatively good health, no matter what your age, you should probably continue screening. If you have a terminal medical condition, it may not provide much benefit to continue screening. ...Read more

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Is 17 too young to get a mammogram done?

Yes: Unless there is a obvious mass in the breast, mammography is not done. If a 17 year old has a mass, then evaluation and possible biopsy would be a better choice. ...Read more

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What is the right age to get a mammogram?

Mammogram age?: If your family history has women with early breast cancer (mother, grandmother, sister) age 35 is appropriate for a digital mammogram. If your family history is negative for breast cancer, age 40 would be appropriate. If you have dense heavy breasts, annual mammograms after 40 is suggested. ...Read more

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How do I get ready for my first mammogram?

How do I get ready for my first mammogram?

Mammo prep: Don't put on any deodorant or powder, since it may cause the false appearance of an abnormality. Otherwise, not much else to do! ...Read more

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At what age should I get my first mammogram?

At what age should I get my first mammogram?

Make an appt.: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. I see you are 46, so now is the time for you to get your first mammogram! ...Read more

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At age 24, how often should I get a mammogram?

Not until 40 yo: Most professional societies recommend starting annual mammograms at age 40. However, if you have a family history of breast cancer, see a physician because you may be started earlier if you meet criteria. ...Read more

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When should I get a mammogram for the frist time?

When should I get a mammogram for the frist time?

35-40 years old: A baseline mammogram is usually obtained about age 35 and then yearly after age 40. This can change if there are women in your family who were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45. These family members may start 10 years prior and be placed in a high risk program for close follow up. ...Read more

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How often should you get a mammogram after age 40?

Yearly: Leading scientific groups including the american cancer society and the american college of radiology recommend yearly mammograms. ...Read more

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How old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

It depends: For most women, age 40. For women with a history of breast cancer in a mother, sister, or daughter, possibly younger. This depends on the age the relatives developed breast cancer. Ultrasound and MRI are better tests in young women with dense breasts. For women with a suspicious lump, a mammogram, ultrasound, and possibly breast MRI should be done regardless of age. ...Read more