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If Small Calcifications Show Up On A Digital Mammogram Should You Be Concerned
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
Maybe: The majority of times calcifications seen on mammogram represent benign (not cancer) changes. However, new calcifications, or those that are different shapes/sizes or appear to be distributed along the length of a milk duct could indicate cancer so needle biopsy is sometimes recommended. Comparison to old mammograms can be helpful to determine if biopsy is needed or not. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Need follow up: Calcifications can be benign or malignant. If malignant, it is usually a early, treatable cancer. If calcifications are on a mammogram that were not present before, you need additional mammogram views. This includes magnification for a better look. In most instances, it will be recommended to repeat the views in 3-6 months. In some cases a biopsy may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If small calcifications show up on a digital mammogram and not on a breast sonogram. Should i be concerned?
Calcifications: Small calcifications may be difficult or impossible to visualize on ultrasound, while being relatively easy to see on the mammogram. The fact that the calcifications are not seen on US doesn't make them any more or less suspicious. Speak to your doctor about the next steps to take. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Painless small hard lump posterior axila normal mammogram did not show it at all would you recommend biopsy or further testing?
Would a doctor only request a biopsy if something looked suspicious on ultrasound? Never had 2nd usound to check if shrink/grow (lymph node and cyst)
Precaution: Sometimes a doctor requests a repeat study in radiology or a biopsy just as a precaution to be sure the condition is benign. Many cysts are a benign condition, but I do not know where your lymph node & cyst are located. Best thing is for you to ask your doctor WHY are these being ordered for you. ...Read more
Maybe: If the radiologist looks at both studies and determines that a normal structure on the mammogram accounts for what looks like an abnormality on CT, then no. If the mammogram can't account for the CT finding, then yes. Ultrasound would likely be the next test, then possibly MRI if there is still uncertainty. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Had a ct scan and have a 6mm nodule on the lung radiologist said no follow up if not a smoker should I be worried about cancer I'm not a smoker?
See below: Worrying is not a useful option. About 10% of the lung cancers in occur in non-smokers. It would be prudent to consult your primary care provider, who would know more about your health, for the advisability of a PET scan, MRI, other action or watchful waiting. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
If a radiologist says a breast lesion looks benign on an ultrasound , can it then be cancerous on the follow up ultrasound 6 months later?
If you have a tiny bump in hand and MRI/XRAY shows nothing abnormal, can it miss anything serious like sarcoma? Should you still biopsy if no mass?
Leave it alone: If it grows or ulcerates, you will have plenty of time to have it excised before it can possibly spread. ...Read more
Can a dr be sure by just looking at CT if a nodule is malignant or just be sure by making comparison with last ct? Or shd he do biopsy to be sure
Can radiologist tell by looking at ct scan if a lung nodule is cancerous my is 6mm he does not think no follow up needed should I get a follow up scan?
Incidentaloma: There is a low likelihood of malignancy in subcentimeter nodules. To some extent there are important distinguishing factors - the benign appearance of calcification appearance, whether it is smooth, lobulated or spiculated and your personal smoking history. It is possible that the radiologist was able to make that call on features that made it likely benign, such that there was no decision needed ...Read more
I had a breast mammogram and ultra sound in august 2013. Then a biopsy for a fibroadenoma which proved not cancerous. Did a follow up routine mammogram and worried cause doctor ask to see me next week?
Difficult to: speculate, it may or may not involve the area previously biopsied. If you are very worried, call your doctor and ask what he/she is concerned about. Otherwise you will get an answer at your appointment. Most of the time these recalls turn out to be nothing of concern. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
5cm solid liver mass seen on us but not on ct. Can a mass this size be missed? Should i ask for a bx?
Liver mass...: Did they use IV contrast on ct or was it a noncontrast ct? There are several different imaging modalities which can help characterize liver mass before biopsy. Mri, nuclear tc sulfur colloid scan, and pet/ct scan are a few. Each modality can provide unique information about the mass. Discuss all options with your doctor to decide on the next step. ...Read more
Often no: Many bowel infections don't show up on ct. The infection has to change the wall of the bowel or the structures around the bowel to be seen on ct. Diverticulitis, for instance, can be seen on ct but many other types of infection (such as giardiasis or salmonella) won't commonly be detected. ...Read more
Should I be seeking a second opinion when the radiologist stated an area on my baseline breast scan to be within normal tissue after a repeat mammogram and ultrasound? He would like to see me again in 6 months to compare scans.
Check with your Doc: A mammogram is a screening tool & an ultrasound and magnified views of a breast area would have given the radiologist more information. If no concerning areas are found, your doc has to correlate your risk factors with your clinical exam to decide if a repeat in 6 months is appropriate. Do this first & if still concerned, then feel free to seek a second opinion. Take good care of yourself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a large lipoma on the shoulder was confirmed to be a lipoma by MRI, should someone go ahead and have surgery just incase it turns cancerous?
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