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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

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What does this mammogram result mean if dense?

What does this mammogram result mean if dense?

Dense breasts: "Dense" breasts are normal, but decrease the sensitivity of the mammo for detecting cancers. Breasts are dense when there is a increase in normal fibroglandular stroma relative to breast fat. Also, dense breasts are an independent risk factor for developing breast cancer. ...Read more

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I received my mammogram results which found scattered fibro granular density of 30-50% should I be concerned?

NO but: You should see your doctor regularly, get annual mammography (in spite of controversy is the best monitoring tool along with self examination) Your condition currently is benign condition ...Read more

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My 2013 mammogram result: some calcifications no changes from 2012. Dr said is good since no chng but I'm worried. Wat r calcifications?

My 2013 mammogram result: some calcifications no changes from 2012. Dr said is good since no chng but I'm worried. Wat r calcifications?

Calcifications: Are tiny calcium deposits in the breast. There are multiple causes, most of them benign. Most of the calcifications that show up on mammography are of no concern. Some will require follow up or biopsy. Based on their size, shape, and distribution, the radiologist will be able to determine how the calcifications should be handled. ...Read more

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Can shingles affect mammogram results?

Can shingles affect mammogram results?

No: No, shouldn't have much effect on mammo, but getting mammo might be painful. ...Read more

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Hello! If there is an abnormal. Finding in a mammogram. Will they call u rigjt away? Soon? Or will still have to. Wait for v results inthe mail?

Hello! If there is an abnormal. Finding in a mammogram. Will they call u rigjt away? Soon? Or will still have to. Wait for v results inthe mail?

Mammo results: If there is an abnormality they should call you within a few days, but if you are worried you don't have to wait...call your doctor's office and ask about the results. ...Read more

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What it's mean in mammogram results: "Breast is somewhat nodular"?

What it's mean in mammogram results: "Breast is somewhat nodular"?

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

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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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my mother had a mammogram and they want a follow up. They said hers was too foggy and the density was too high as a result? What does it mean? Danger?

Not necessarily: The mammogram was, in all likelihood, technically unsatisfactory for interpretation. Some women have dense breasts and may require an additional approach. The need for follow-up is not a danger sign. ...Read more

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Should I worry about my mammogram result that says focal asymmetry right breast?

Should I worry about my mammogram result that says focal asymmetry right breast?

Not necessarily: Focal asymmetry could just mean more dense tissue in one breast versus the other. Discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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My sister got a mammogram result of "suspicious cluster microcalcifications". Is that a cancer sign?

My sister got a mammogram result of "suspicious cluster microcalcifications". Is that a cancer sign?

Biopsy Needed for Dx: A mammographic report of "suspicious microcalcifications" warrants a stereotactic (nonsurgical) biopsy to definitively diagnose the abnormality. This is categorized by radiologists as a bi-rads 4 abnormality, which should be listed on the report. These are found to be cancerous approximately 15-30% of the time. ...Read more

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I'm 55 and have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive?

I'm 55 and have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive?

Define INCONCLUSIVE: After having a mammogram, the report should include a follow-up plan, listed as a birads code. This will spell out exactly what the next step should be: immediate further testing (ultrasound, compression mamm, mri), short-term follow-up, biopsy, etc. If you don't have a clear understanding of the next steps, please talk to the doctor who ordered your mammogram or see a breast specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive. Should I write my will?

I have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive. Should I write my will?

No: This means that the mammogram did not provide enough information because your breasts a difficult for the x-rays to penetrate. Contact your doctor or radiologist to see what is the next step. Most likely you will need a ultrasound as the next step. When you have cystic breasts, it is common to require additional pictures beyond a mammogram. ...Read more

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3 to 4 small white spots on mammogram have has assessment had triple assessment waiting on biopsy result tomorrow what can I expect?

3 to 4 small white spots on mammogram have has assessment had triple assessment waiting on biopsy result tomorrow what can I expect?

Not sure I: Entirely understand...you had biopsies of 3 areas? Impossible to tell how suspicious the lesions were based on limited description. Overall, about 75-80% of needle biopsies come back benign. Unfortunately, at this point all you can do is wait for the results. ...Read more

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Mammogram results show focal densities in medial aspect of the anterior 3rd of the left breast?

Mammogram results show focal densities in medial aspect of the anterior 3rd of the left breast?

Focal densities: A "density" is a very generic term. There are normal and abnormal densities in the breast. Was this reported on a screening mammo, and were additional views recommended? If so, it is likely that they are potential abnormalities that need additional views for clarification. The majority of these turn out to be nothing, but you need to have the extra views to be sure. ...Read more

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I recently had a physical with bloodwork and ekg, endoscopy, mammogram and colonoscopy. All results were normal. Does that mean I am in good health?

I recently had a physical with bloodwork and ekg, endoscopy, mammogram and colonoscopy. All results were normal. Does that mean I am in good health?

Probably: I sense by your question that you have been worrying about your health. With all these tests you've taken, your health is probably good. But if you are still worrying, please talk with your doctor about a referral to address emotional concerns. ...Read more

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Details mammogram result word for word wife just had a mammogram which reads: a moderately dense stromal pattern is noted. Occassional benign type calcifications noted. No suspicious microcalcifications, architectural distortion or dominant mass. No skin

OK: Above wordings on a mammogram indicate that the radiologist did not identify any sucious findings on this mammogram. Usually they assign a category number. If they assigned a category 1 or 2 then she can repeat her mammogram in one year. But please clarify the findings with your health care provider. Please also realize that even with a normal mammogram a clinical breast exam is also avisable. Some clinical fndings may not be seen on the mammogram. ...Read more

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Mom is 43+ years old, got her mammogram done recently. Results showed right breast is negative and left Benign. What does this mean is it of normal?

Findings: I'm guessing based on the info you are giving that the left side has benign changes. This means things seen that can be classified as either suspicious or benign. Benign findings usually means the radiologist doubts its of concern, but wants another mammogram in a year to confirm stability. ...Read more

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Do breast implants affect mammogram results?

Do breast implants affect mammogram results?

Yes: While there are special techniques to try and visualize as much of the breast tissue as possible, implants do partially obstruct full evaluation of the breast. This is particularly true when the implants are placed above the pectoralis muscle; it is always best to place these behind the muscle. ...Read more

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Mammogram results: 10mm lobulated nodule in left breast. Explain.

Mammogram results: 10mm lobulated nodule in left breast. Explain.

That description: Is not specific enough to venture a guess as to the level of suspicion. Other mammographic/sonographic features will determine how suspicious it is, and whether biopsy is indicated. Was this a screening mammo? Likely you will need additional mammo views and an ulltrasound for further evaluation. ...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?

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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53 yrs old. Recent digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue, negative for ca. Should the results be trusted because of density.

53 yrs old. Recent digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue, negative for ca. Should the results be trusted because of density.

Probably: If you have no added risk factors such as a history of brca gene positive, strong family history, prior breast cancer, palpable mass etc. Then all you need is annual breast exam/mammogram. Added risk factors may indicate need for MRI and, in that case, you may want to discuss this concept with your doctor. ...Read more

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Misdiagnosis with breast ultrasound? Is it possible to have differing results from an ultrasound and a mammogram? In my case, the mammogram didn't show anything but an ultrasound did. Which method is usually more reliable and how does this happen?

Misdiagnosis with breast ultrasound? Is it possible to have differing results from an ultrasound and a mammogram? In my case, the mammogram didn't show anything but an ultrasound did. Which method is usually more reliable and how does this happen?

They are: Complementary tests, imaging different tissue characteristics. It is not unusual for an abnormality to be seen on one and not the other. If you have dense breasts, it is especially true that an ultrasound abnormality may be invisible on mammo due to the density. Not seeing it on both does not negate a finding on one. ...Read more

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Mammogram with no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Result 0.6 CM asymmetry in the central region of breast what does this mean?

Was this a: Screening mammo? It sounds like there is a potential abnormality. Were additional views recommended? 80% of the time this turns out to be nothing of concern. Talk to your doctor about the next steps. ...Read more

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Had a screening mammogram on Tuesday and the results show a 12 mill. Asymmetry at middle depth in right breast. Having diag. Mam. Next week Help! .

Had a screening mammogram on Tuesday and the results show a 12 mill. Asymmetry at middle depth in right breast. Having diag. Mam. Next week Help! .

Further tests indica: Further testing as planned is indicated. Also get your doctor to examine your breasts for any palpable lump. The presence of a definite lump requires a biopsy to find its nature (benign versus cancer). We also need to know your age? ...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?

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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I hav cysts and doctor ask me 4 biopsy and result was good, but coz mum had cancer doctor ask me also for mammogram and im 25years, whts ur advice 4me?

I hav cysts and doctor ask me 4 biopsy and result was good, but coz mum had cancer doctor ask me also for mammogram and im 25years, whts ur advice 4me?

Reasonable: In women with increased risk because of maternal history of breast cancer mammography starting no later than ten years prior to the age of of the mother at the time of discovery of breast cancer (but not earlier than age 25 and not later than age 40) is advised. Bottom line, starting now with annual mammograms is a very reasonable approach. ...Read more

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I have a left breast pain 4months, I went to a clinic and underwent mammogram and ultrasound, the result all are normal. And now still in pain. Why?

I have a left breast pain 4months, I went to a clinic and underwent mammogram and ultrasound, the result all are normal. And now still in pain. Why?

Mastodynia: Breast pain is usually secondary to hormonal effects on breast tissue or chest wall pain; favoring the former are cyclic changes in the pain; the latter is most common after menopause & is often activity-related. Considering your age, I suggest decreasing caffeine intake and taking vitamin e and oil of primrose. ...Read more

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35yo f. Mammogram and US result say mass 1.8×1×1.5 right breast at 12o'clock posterior depth. Vascularity present. Focal asymmetry in left breast at 12o'clock middle depth mass 1.3 ×0.6×1.2cm no vascularity. Low suspicion for malignancy Is it Bad news?

NotBadNewsButNeedsFo: It is not a bad news as it says there is low suspicion of malingnancy. Having said that we don't know what the clinical findings were. It shows a mass in right breast and a mass in left breast. You need to discuss these findings with the doctor who examined you and ordered the test. It need to be followed up with your doctor and depending on exam may or may not need further testing or biopsy ...Read more