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Linear calcifications found on 3D mammogram. Radiologist said she is "not thrilled about them" and set up MRI. Why? What is the significance?

Linear calcifications found on 3D mammogram.  Radiologist said she is "not thrilled about them" and set up MRI.  Why? What is the significance?

Breast MRI: MRI of the breast can help clarify findings seen on a regular mammogram. No test is perfect, and sometimes tests are complimentary in terms of the information they give. Make sure to follow up with the ordering doctor when complete. Hope this helps! ...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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Had a mammogram and was told that I have two masses on my right side and radiologist said i need more tests as my test i had in 2010 showed changes?

Had a mammogram and was told that I have two masses on my  right side and radiologist said i need more tests  as my test i had in 2010 showed changes?

Follow the advice : Since the mammography results are not available for review, following the advice of your radiologist would be the best choice. Most changes, but not all, are benign. ...Read more

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Can a radiologist tell if a nodule is cancer just by looking a on a digital mammogram?

Can a radiologist tell if a nodule is cancer just by looking a on a digital mammogram?

No. Diagnostic: Radiologists specialize in mammo interpretation, but they describe findings, suggest more imaging, but the truth comes only after biopsy. Screening is done with x-rays that are not sensitive in many cases, diagnsotic procedures can be much more sensitive. False results, positives and negatives, plague x-ray mammograms. ...Read more

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Can a radiologist tell if a nodule is cancer or not just by looking on a digital mammogram?

Can a radiologist tell if a nodule is cancer or not just by looking on a digital mammogram?

Biopsy for diagnosis: A radiologist may suggest that a nodule has the characteristics of cancer, but definitive diagnosis requires biopsy or removal of the nodule and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Why would a radiologist have the hospital call me 24 hours after my mammogram to request that i come in for an ultrasound asap?

Why would a radiologist have the hospital call me 24 hours after my mammogram to request that i come in for an ultrasound asap?

The radiologist: saw something that needs further characterization, possibly a mass or potential cyst. Usually these turn out to be nothing of concern, but sometimes not. ...Read more

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Should I be seeking a second opinion when the radiologist stated an area on my baseline breast scan to be within normal tissue after a repeat mammogram and ultrasound? He would like to see me again in 6 months to compare scans.

Should I be seeking a second opinion when the radiologist stated an area on my baseline breast scan to be within normal tissue after a repeat mammogram and ultrasound? He would like to see me again in 6 months to compare scans.

Check with your Doc: A mammogram is a screening tool & an ultrasound and magnified views of a breast area would have given the radiologist more information. If no concerning areas are found, your doc has to correlate your risk factors with your clinical exam to decide if a repeat in 6 months is appropriate. Do this first & if still concerned, then feel free to seek a second opinion. Take good care of yourself. ...Read more

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Mammograms shows increase in nodular density left breast. The radiologist can't see. Need spot test and ultrasound help?

Mammograms shows increase in nodular density left breast. The radiologist can't see.  Need spot test and ultrasound help?

Advice follow up: You need to follow through with the advice given by the radiologist, as nodular and dense breasts are often hard to "see through". ...Read more

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