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What is the difference between a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound?

What is the difference between a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound?

A screening: mammogram is a study of both breasts that is performed on asymptomatic women to try and detect signs of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram consists of special views, and is usually targeted to a specific area of the breast, to further evaluate a potential abnormality seen on screening mammo or felt on clinical exam. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram? Why does the diagnostic one have to be done with breast ultrasound?

What is the difference between screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram?  Why does the diagnostic one have to be done with breast ultrasound?

Purpose: The purpose of a screening mammogram is to identify breast cancer in women who have no signs of disease, while the purpose of a diagnostic mammogram is to obtain more detail on a known abnormality identified on prior physical exam or imaging study. A diagnostic mammogram need not always be done with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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How soon do you know what they see on a diagnostic mammogram?

How soon do you know what they see on a diagnostic mammogram?

Diagnostic mammo: Since a diagnostic mammo is evaluated by the radiologist at the time it is performed, you can ask to talk to the radiologist. Otherwise your doctor will probably have the results within a day or two. Call your doctor the next day and ask about the results, unless you have already arranged a way to get the results from them. ...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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What does it mean when they call you back for another diagnostic mammogram?

What does it mean when they call you back for another diagnostic mammogram?

Additional mammo: It means there is a possible abnormality present, but additional mammographic views are necessary to determine whether there is in fact an abnormality, or to better characterize an abnormality. Many times the additional mammo views show that there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What exactly is this verbiage from a diagnostic mammogram, SUPERIMPOSED FIBROGLANDULAR PARENCHYMA?

Fibroglandular: parenchyma is normal breast tissue. Since a mammogram is a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional object, the occasional overlap of normal tissue 'superimposed' on normal tissue behind it, or in front of it, sometimes looks like an abnormality.Extra views are then necessary to spread out the tissue and prove that it is normal.Only normal tissue will spread out. Real masses persist ...Read more

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How does a diagnostic mammogram differ from a screening mammogram?

How does a diagnostic mammogram differ from a screening mammogram?

Screening mammo: is 4 standard views in an asymptomatic woman, looking for signs of cancer anywhere in both breasts. Diagnostic mammogram is a variable number of specialized views to fully evaluate a particular area of the breast identified as potentially abnormal on screening mammo or physical exam. ...Read more

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What is the.Difference bet a diagnostic mammogram?And a screening mammogram?Thanks..

What is the.Difference bet a diagnostic mammogram?And a screening mammogram?Thanks..

Issue vs no issue: A screening mammogram is one done without there being any patient or doctor concerns about the breasts. It's done in asymptomatic women on a schedule according to guidelines. A diagnostic mammogram is done in response to a patient complaint or finding on the exam. ...Read more

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After a diagnostic mammogram & ultrasound, there is still concern from my dr.. I have a diagnostic ultrasound tomorrow. Is this normal?

If you already: had a diagnostic mammo/ultrasound workup, it should have been evaluated by the radiologist while you were there, so it is somewhat unusual to be called back to repeat the ultrasound. However. It occasionally happens. ...Read more

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