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What does "suspicious" mean on a mammogram report?

What does "suspicious" mean on a mammogram report?

Should biopsy.: Radiologists categorize abnormalities on mammograms based upon the probabibility of them being cancerous. A birads-4 abnormality has a 15-30% chance of being cancerous, therefore it is best to proceed with biopsy. This biopsy can almost always be performed non-surgically, either using x-rays or an ultrasound to guide the needle into the appropriate area. ...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 does "probably benign" mean on a mammogram report?

What does "probably benign" mean on a mammogram report?

Most likely normal.: While mammograms are excellent screening tests for cancer, they are not perfect. Many times spots are seen on mammography that are not normal but have such a low probability of being cancer (<0.5%), that it is best to watch these closely rather than biopsy. Radiologists categorize this as a birads-3 abnormality; when women get their first mammogram, there is a 7% chance this will happen. ...Read more

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What does asymmetrical findings on a mammogram report mean?

What does asymmetrical findings on a mammogram report  mean?

Needs Further Eval: Asymmetry implies that there may be an underlying tumor where the breast tissue is more prominent. The next step is to get a diagnostic mammogram +/- ultrasound to see if this is just a "shadow" or an abnormality that warrants a biopsy (these turn out to be shadows most of the time). Please discuss this further with the doctor that ordered your mammogram. ...Read more

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What does new asymmetrical density findings on a mammogram report mean?

What does new asymmetrical density  findings on a mammogram report  mean?

Breast tissue: Is mostly fat, especially as a woman ages. More dense areas are potentially of concern. Here the breast radilogist is saying they see differences when they compare one side to the other, and that was not the case on a prior study. ...Read more

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Normal mammogram.report said scattered areas of fibrocystic density ? Dr said u/s not needed.is there different levels of density ?

Yes: There are different patterns of abnormality on a mammogram--some of which are worrisome, some are not. Some abnormalities can show up on an ultrasound, some can't. An ultrasound is best used to further evaluate specific abnormalities to help ascertain whether a biopsy is needed, but it is not a good screening tool. ...Read more

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There is a heterogeneous fibroglandular distribution. There are axillary lymph nodes present bilaterally. mammogram report, any worries?

 There is a heterogeneous fibroglandular distribution.  There are axillary lymph nodes present bilaterally. mammogram report, any worries?

Heterogenous: fibroglandular distribution is simply an assessment of breast density, and doesn't imply that there is any abnormality. "Dense" breasts may make the mammo more difficult to interpret, and therefore may decrease the sensitivity for detecting cancer, however. Axillary lymph nodes are commonly present on mammography, and unless they look abnormal, are not a cause for concern. ...Read more

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Mammogram report:benign appearing calcification are present on the left.2 obscured masses are seeing 0.7 and 1.0cm.is the rprt describing dif finding?

Without the: benefit of the full report, hard to say for sure, but it sounds like they are describing three findings: a benign calcification of no concern, and two partially visualized masses measuring 0.7 and 1cm. It is probable that the partially obscured masses will need additional evaluation with specialized mammographic views and possibly ultrasound. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about the mammogram report? I have to have mammograms every six months for the past two year. Two years ago, i had a massive timor removed from my abdomen ( i lost 100 pounds during surgery), and had a hysterectomy and appendectomy a

Should i be concerned about the mammogram report? I have to have mammograms every six months for the past two year. Two years ago, i had a massive timor removed from my abdomen ( i lost 100 pounds during surgery), and had a hysterectomy and appendectomy a

Yes , as you have: four mammographies in 2 years . Probably your doctor is following a suspicious density, obviously no change in 2 yrs . 100 lbs weight loss will alter your breast architecture could be one reason. Speak to your doctor for possible image guided needle biopsy of the area , this will alleviate your fear( concern ) once report is available no longer need 2 moms a yr ...Read more

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My mammogram report results came back birads 4 but my sonogram report came back negative so why does my doctor recommend a breast biopsy?

Because ...: If a suspicious lesion is noted on mammography an us is obtained. This allows for better definition of the lesion in the breast. However, a "negative" us does not rule out an underlying problem and the correct next step is to proceed with your physicians recommendation, in this case a biopsy. None of the imaging techniques are perfect, the final decision is based on all the information. ...Read more

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Why is there a discrepancy between my mammogram and sonogram breast reports?

Why is there a discrepancy between my mammogram and sonogram breast reports?

Different techniques: The two tests look at tissue in different ways and provide complimentary information. Your radiologist and surgeon will use this info to determine whether further studies are needed. ...Read more

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