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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
You're overdue : It may be somewhat uncomfortable but tolerable and well worth it. Mammography has decreased breast cancer mortality by up to 50%. If you get one every year rather than every other your chances of dying from breast cancer go down 30%. 20% of cancers are in women in their 40's. What have you been waiting for? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
US vs Mammogram: Us is a good diagnostic tool, but is not as inexpensive and easy to perform on a mass screening basis that can be done with mammograms. Research is being done on using this modality on a larger basis, but you need more trained ultrasonagraphers or a better automated system than is currently available before can be cost-effective to use in mass screening. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends, maybe both: A digital mammogram is the standard for mammograms. Sometimes an ultrasound may be added to get more information, especially if you have dense breast tissue. In younger women with dense breasts, a mammogram may no be done and then we go straight to ultrasound. A breast radiologist and breast surgeon will be able to make the appropriate recommendation for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: At present there are no definite good alternatives to mammograms for breast screening. Ultrasound and MRI are complimentary to mammograms but do not replace mammograms. Specifically microcalcifications are best seen on mammograms which have resolution of up to 70 microns. There are some advertised screening alternatives but none are as tried and true as mammograms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prescription say Procedure OT,Mammo ,both DX V76.12-screening Mammogram NEC my Mammo from last year said Bi-rad 2 is these codes a routine Mammo?
Bi rads 0 mamm. Going for fu tomorrow. Is a x-Ray digital mamm better or ultrasound better for dense breasts? No family history of breast ca.
Mammography is: still the standard of care for screening, even in dense breasts. However, it is true that the sensitivity of mammography for detecting cancer is decreased in dense breasts, and there is some evidence that adjunct sonography may be useful in this setting. The role of sonography is evolving. ...Read more
Are 4 samples using an 18 gauge core needle for 4mm breast lesion sufficient? Came back benign breast tissue with lactational change. Concordant.
Yes, if it: Was performed by a properly trained specialist. It sounds like you had one, if you had 4 samples for a 4 mm lesion. ...Read more
Will a colonoscopy detect anal cancer/mass as well colon cancer? Is the digital exam done before the colonoscopy is performed?
2 breast lumps, movable, 34y/o, likely fibrocystic or breast cancer? No family history. Ultrasound scheduled this week.
Situational: For screening: mammograms are the most valuable. For diagnosis (palpable mass, mammographic density): ultrasound can be very helpful. Mris are the most sensitive test for breast cancer, but their prohibitive cost makes this unaffordable for large-population screening. It is best used in high-risk patients, those with very dense breast tissue, and for evaluating the extent of a known breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Mammo Prescription and it as DX Z12.31- encounter for screening mammogram for malignant neoplasm of breast what is DX is it for a routine mammo ?
ICD-10 code: Doctor's have to come up with codes for billing purposes - especially when we order tests. This system is called ICD-10. It is the 10th generation of the International Classification of Diseases if you really want to know. "Dx" stands for 'diagnosis', and Z12.31 is a breast cancer screening code for the mammogram. I'd ask the doctor more questions if you're still not sure. ...Read more
Digital mammogram: For general screening, mammograms, while imperfect, remain the best tool and digital mammograms are better at "seeing through" breast tissue. A mammogram is more likely to miss cancers in women with dense breast tissue and young women. Ultrasound is most often used with mammogram either to help characterize abnormalities seen on mammogram or to aid in finding abnormalities in dense breast tissue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dr used 18 gauge core needle u/s guided biopsy for 5 mm breast lesion. 4 samples were obtained. What does that mean?
Breast biopsy: The "18 gauge" refers to the diameter of the core biopsy obtained (a lower number is a thicker biopsy). The "4" refers to the number of tissue samples obtained of the 5 mm. Lesion that was presumably identified by imaging. Assuming the pathology results correlate with the imaging findings, you and your care providers should feel comfortable that they are addressing the lesion appropriately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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