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What could 'additional testing needed' mean after a routine mammogram?

What could 'additional testing needed' mean after a routine mammogram?

More detail.: That usually means that the Radiologist is not comfortable enough with the routine views obtained in the standard mammogram, whatever that may mean. It does not guarantee cancer, so don't worry about that right now. The Radiologist would usually call you back for additional images - a more comprehensive mammogram - or maybe a breast ultrasound or MRI (depending on family history of breast cancer) ...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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I had a mammogram that needed further testing. When I went back in the lady circled nine little shadows but didn't tell me anything. ?

I had a mammogram that needed further testing. When I  went back in the lady circled nine little shadows but didn't  tell me anything. ?

You need to ask!: Usually mammographers give you good advice right away, but sometimes they just report to the doctor who ordered the test. In any event, if you want to know a test result, you ought to ask! ...Read more

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I scheduled an appointment to get three tests done: pap smear, mammogram and cholesterol testing. What can I expect?

I scheduled an appointment to get three tests done: pap smear, mammogram and cholesterol testing. What can I expect?

3 different tests: Cholesterol test is bloodwork. You will go to the blood lab for them to draw a tube of blood. Mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer typically start at age 40 unless you have a problem or are at high risk. Breasts are compressed in the mammogram machine and xrays taken (2 per breast usually). Pap -speculum inserted into vagina and cells scraped from cervix to test for cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get mammograms earlier or be tested for the breast cancer gene?

Do you think I should get mammograms earlier or be tested for the breast cancer gene?

If you are: 45, you should already be getting mammograms according to ACS guidelines. If you have a strong family history, genetic testing might be appropriate, but talk to your doctor about it. ...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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