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What information do I have to bring along to do the mammogram?

What information do I have to bring along to do the mammogram?

Prior mammograms: It is helpful if you can bring any reports or the films from your prior mammograms, breast ultrasounds, or breast MRI scans. If you do not have access to these films/reports, then try to find out the name of the facility where those studies were performed. This helps the radiologist compare your current mammogram with your prior imaging studies, a critical step in seeing any changes over time. ...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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Can mammograms cause cancer? If so can you share your information?

Can mammograms cause cancer? If so can you share your information?

NO: More benefits by regular mammogram examination than the fear will cause cancer , accumulated total radiation in 20 to 30 years , are with in safe limits , those yeas will be exposed to more radiation from air travel to visits to beach. Take care of yourself by regular visits to your doctor and mammograms if indicated. ...Read more

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Breast cancer is so rampant that i believe mammograms are the causation. Where could i verify this information?

Breast cancer is so rampant that i believe mammograms are the causation. Where could i verify this information?

MammogramsSAVELives: Your answer is right here--do the math. The radiation exposure of a digital mammogram is 3.7mgy. This is associated with a lifetime-attributable risk of breast cancer of 1.3 cases per 100, 000. The lifetime incidence of breast cancer in us women is 1:8. Mammography is a safe, proven technique for finding cancers well before they are palpable and there is no controversy about its use after age 50. ...Read more

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Are mammograms painful?

Are mammograms painful?

Yes but not for long: A woman's breast is squeezed as flat as possible for a couple seconds while the x ray is taken. It hurts, but it doesn't last long. Most women have no problem tolerating it. It shouldn't keep you from having it done if your doctor recommends it. ...Read more

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What is a mammogram like?

What is a mammogram like?

Needs compression: Most centers in the us take two images. One is oblique (called a medial lateral oblique or mlo) and one is head to toe (called craniocaudal or cc). Compression is required in both projections and this part can be painful. Once the images are obtained they are evaluated by a radiologist who has satisfied certain criteria established by the fda. A report should be available that day or within 1 week. ...Read more

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Do mammograms really hurt?

Do mammograms really hurt?

Not necessarily hurt: In order to take a good picture breast tissue must be flattened by providing pressure to one direction. This should be explained to patient and performed gently. A large volume breast may need more pressure, but this can be done gently. ...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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How are mammograms done on men?

Same as women: There is no difference in the technique, only the volume of tissue available to be imaged. ...Read more

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