Top
10
Doctor insights on: Mammogram Radiation

Share
1

1
Are there any problems with mammograms' radiation?

Are there any problems with mammograms' radiation?

Mammogram: Medical consensus is that the minimal theoretical radiation risk of mammography is outweighed by the benefits of early detection of cancer. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Barry Rosen
637 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
I'm a strong disbeliever in mammograms due to the radiation. Will a doctor still treat me if i refuse to havemammograms?

I'm a strong disbeliever in mammograms due to the radiation. Will a doctor still treat me if i refuse to havemammograms?

Yes but,: Your doctor may ask you to sign a form that acknowledges that mammography was recommended but you refused the procedure. Ultrasound of the breasts is not at all to be considered a screening tool for breast cancer. Breast MRI with contrast may be a possible alternative but is expensive. Radiation risk is much lower than risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
3

3
Is there any proof that radiation from mammograms can cause breast cancer? Is there any legitimate alternative to screen for breast cancer?

Is there any proof that radiation from mammograms can cause breast cancer? Is there any legitimate alternative to screen for breast cancer?

MammogramsSAVELives: 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. 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. Thermograms are 25% as sensitive as mammograms and not suitable for screening. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
What number of msv of radiation would a person having a mammogram every year from age 35 to 65 years old (30 years) receive just from this procedure?

Radiation: Total effective dose about 25 mSv for bilateral annual mammo over that time period. Theoretical additional cancer risk 0.09% over baseline risk ...Read more

5

5
Can the radiation from a mammogram cause cancer?

Can the radiation from a mammogram cause cancer?

Yes: Mammograms have been fine tuned to expose the breast to very little radiation. But no matter there is a small percent risk of causing cancer that is less than the risk of not catching a breast cancer that is not radiation caused early if you did not do mammograms. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
I stopped nursing 4 months ago. Is if safe to get a baseline mammogram now ? Would my breasts be more sensitive to the radiation ?

I stopped nursing 4 months ago. Is if safe to get a baseline mammogram now ? Would my breasts be more sensitive to the radiation ?

Yes: Mammograms are easier to read and interpret if there is more fat and less active tissue, so it's best to wait 6 months after stopping breast feeding. Also, breasts may still be more tender, and the procedure could be more uncomfortable if the milk glands were recently active. However, there is no increased risk to you (from the small amount of radiation) due to having recently nursed a baby. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
7

7
How much radiation is there in a digital mammogram? The clinic keeps telling me it's like a plane flight, but i don't believe them.

Radiation: Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low, but repeated x-rays have the potential to cause cancer. The benefits of mammography, however, nearly always outweigh the potential harm from the radiation exposure. Digital mammograms use slightly less radiation than conventional. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
Is it true that mammograms have 100 percent more radiation than a chest x-ray?

Is it true that mammograms have 100 percent more radiation than a chest x-ray?

No: Modern mammography delivers a much lower dose than in the past and whats more the dose is delivered only to the breast. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
Are dense breasts a problem? My doctor sends me to do mammograms every year. But I am afraid of too much radiation! is this a problem?

Dense breasts: do decrease the sensitivity of mammo for detecting cancer, but screening mammo is still the standard of care for dense breasts. Dense breasts are also a risk factor for the development of cancer. The amount of radiation from a mammo is minimal, you are 250 times more likely to die in a car accident than get a radiation induced cancer. The benefits of early detection outweigh the slight rad risk ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
I am 35 year old female. Had 6 CT plus 2 mammograms and a few x rays in the last 2 years. Just learned about radiation danger. Now I am terrified.What can I do to repair cell damage. Please so scared?

I am 35 year old female. Had 6 CT  plus 2 mammograms and a few x rays in the last 2 years. Just learned about radiation danger. Now I am terrified.What can I do to repair cell damage. Please so scared?

I would not worry to: I would advise you not to worry about developing cancer despite your 6ct scans in 2 years. Medical use of ct scans is pretty safe. We have thousands of patients who have had ct scans every 3-4 months for 2-3 years without thinking too much about developing new cancers.. So despite some concerns about ct being harmful it has to be extremely rare that a cancer is caused by the use of this test. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers

Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more