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What is the difference between a mammogram vs. Mri?

What is the difference between a mammogram vs. Mri?

An XR mammo is : Standard, an mr should be used very selectively, is very expensive and best used in dense breasts where mammo is quite insensitive. Mr finds many things that prove to be unimportant but raise alarm (false positive). ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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If MRI better of mammogram? What procedures do the least damage?

If MRI better of mammogram? What procedures do the least damage?

MRI vs mammogram: Which one is better? It depends on the question you are asking.MRI is not a good choice for screening large populations: it is expensive,time-consuming, requires an IV injection,and there is not widespread access.Mammo is cheap,quick,widely available, and has acceptable sensitivity. MRI is exquisitely sensitive for cancer detection, but for now it has a niche role in screening and problem-solving ...Read more

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How do I know whether I should get a screening MRI rather than a screening mammogram?

How do I know whether I should get a screening MRI rather than a screening mammogram?

High risk individual: Current guidelines recommend the following patients get screening MRI in addition to screening mammogram. 1. Brca mutation 2. First-degree relative of a brca carrier 3. Lifetime risk of breast cancer is 20-25% or greater 4. Radiation to chest between age 10-30 5. Li-fraumeni syndrome, or a first-deg relative 6. Cowden syndrome, or a first-deg relative 7. Bannayan-riley-ruvalcaba syndrome. ...Read more

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After an abnormal mammogram and an abnormal ultrasound, what are the chances of the MRI coming back abnormal?

After an abnormal mammogram and an abnormal ultrasound, what are the chances of the MRI coming back abnormal?

If there is: a specific abnormality identified on both ultrasound and mammography, it will probably be visualized on MRI as well. ...Read more

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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?

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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1st mammogram 2d saw gray shadows, 3d same shadows, ultrasound saw nothing. no family history. Now MRI, worried.

1st mammogram 2d saw gray shadows, 3d same shadows, ultrasound saw nothing. no family history. Now MRI, worried.

All x-rays: essentially show "shadows", normal and abnormal, so unfortunately the description is not specific enough to render an opinion. What did the report say? If there was a suspicious abnormality on mammography, biopsy rather than MRI would be recommended, so the fact that you are getting an MRI leads me to believe that the mammo finding was likely equivocal. ...Read more

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Mri showed no cancer but need to go for another mammogram and ultrasound in 6 months. Why? Doctors office wouldn't say why.

Mri showed no cancer but need to go for another mammogram and ultrasound in 6 months. Why? Doctors office wouldn't say why.

Follow up Testing: This is the standard of care in medicine. If something is too small to see on a scan and that something is suspicious enough then if it is an unwanted growth...Then growth very well may show up in other studies in a few months. This scanning on a schedule is the way medicine is often practiced. ...Read more

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Will a permanent tattoo on the breast affect a mammogram or an mri?

Will a permanent tattoo on the breast affect a mammogram or an mri?

No and no: Not a problem. Some older tattoos(obtained more than 20 years ago) could potentially contain metallic residue that could interfere with the MRI image, but you are 19 so that is not an issue. ...Read more

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What are the best imaging tests to use for pelvic and abdominal cancers in a 60 year old? Why is MRI not used in mammogram?

What are the best imaging tests to use for pelvic and abdominal cancers in a 60 year old? Why is MRI not used in mammogram?

For : abdomen/pelvic malignancies, CT is most commonly used, with MRI and PET/CT also utilized in certain circumstances. MRI is used for breast screening in special situations, but it is not an ideal screening test for the general population because it is time consuming, expensive, requires IV injection, and is not uniformly and readily accessible. ...Read more

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Grandma had lobular BC, worried that I have it. Thickening in breast tissue and pain for 5 mths. Mammogram and ultrasound fine. Should I get MRI?

Grandma had lobular BC, worried that I have it. Thickening in breast tissue and pain for 5 mths. Mammogram and ultrasound fine.  Should I get MRI?

Risk: Pain needs to be addressed. Family history is important but do not necessarily indicate you inherited risk. You may consider genetic testing for BRCA especially if any other direct family members has Breast CA ...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