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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


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On vacation right now but received a report on mammogram done four days ago. It stated I had abnormal lymph nodes on left ancillary nodes and calcifi?

On vacation right now but received a report on mammogram done four days ago.  It stated I had abnormal lymph nodes on left ancillary nodes and calcifi?

Follow up: obviously, you will need follow up. This is always the hardest, having to wait to get the final answers. Calcium can be an indicator of blood vessels or tumors. both benign or malignant. Lymph nodes can be swollen for infection or tumors. You will need to contact your doctor to see if you need more xrays or biopsy. You should contact your doctor for appropriate follow up ...Read more

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A mammogram showed a grape sized white area. The mammogram was redone and the white area is gone, butthere are white irregular vein type shapes spread out. Is itokay?

A mammogram showed a grape sized white area. The mammogram was redone and the white area is gone, butthere are white irregular vein type shapes spread out. Is itokay?

Compression: Sounds like you might have had insufficient compression of the breast during the first mammo which allowed for superimposition of densities which were spread out when you had better compression on the repeat study. Be glad, being gone is good! ...Read more

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What does "suspicious" mean on a mammogram report?

What does "suspicious" mean on a mammogram report?

Should biopsy.: Radiologists categorize abnormalities on mammograms based upon the probabibility of them being cancerous. A birads-4 abnormality has a 15-30% chance of being cancerous, therefore it is best to proceed with biopsy. This biopsy can almost always be performed non-surgically, either using x-rays or an ultrasound to guide the needle into the appropriate area. ...Read more

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What does "probably benign" mean on a mammogram report?

What does "probably benign" mean on a mammogram report?

Most likely normal.: While mammograms are excellent screening tests for cancer, they are not perfect. Many times spots are seen on mammography that are not normal but have such a low probability of being cancer (<0.5%), that it is best to watch these closely rather than biopsy. Radiologists categorize this as a birads-3 abnormality; when women get their first mammogram, there is a 7% chance this will happen. ...Read more

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What does asymmetrical findings on a mammogram report mean?

What does asymmetrical findings on a mammogram report  mean?

Needs Further Eval: Asymmetry implies that there may be an underlying tumor where the breast tissue is more prominent. The next step is to get a diagnostic mammogram +/- ultrasound to see if this is just a "shadow" or an abnormality that warrants a biopsy (these turn out to be shadows most of the time). Please discuss this further with the doctor that ordered your mammogram. ...Read more

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Are there different types of mammograms or does everyone do digital now?

There are: Mammograms are analog and digital. Analog is the older way by processing films. Digital is the newer way in which the processing is done digitally by computers. Many mammography facilities have converted to digital. There are however, still some which offer the analog mammograms. Either way it is best for womwen to follow american cancer society's recommendation for yearly screening after age 40. ...Read more

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What does new asymmetrical density findings on a mammogram report mean?

What does new asymmetrical density  findings on a mammogram report  mean?

Breast tissue: Is mostly fat, especially as a woman ages. More dense areas are potentially of concern. Here the breast radilogist is saying they see differences when they compare one side to the other, and that was not the case on a prior study. ...Read more

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Why is there a discrepancy between my mammogram and sonogram breast reports?

Why is there a discrepancy between my mammogram and sonogram breast reports?

Different techniques: The two tests look at tissue in different ways and provide complimentary information. Your radiologist and surgeon will use this info to determine whether further studies are needed. ...Read more

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Can mammograms detect all types of breast cancer?

Can mammograms detect all types of breast cancer?

Yes: Yes, however, it depends on your breast density. The more dense your breast tissue is, the increased possibility that a mass may not be seen. ...Read more

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