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Mammogram Vs. Mri
Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense which may obsure sm masses Birads 2 breasts no suspicious masses dr wanting ultrasound report said annual mammo ?
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
Yes and no.: It is the most sensitive breast imaging study (detects the greatest number of lesions) but is not the most specific (a lot of these lesions are not malignant and some will need to be biopsied to prove that they are not malignant.) it is only recommended that a woman obtain a breast MRI if she is at high risk of breast cancer (strong family history, etc). Talk with your doctor about it. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Usually: Sometimes a spinal cord tumor, especially with extrinsic compression, can result in false localizing clinical signs, which could result in imaging at wrong level, but if precise, the MRI will show lesion. However, you say that you have B-12 issues, and this can cause spinal cord problems in posterior columns, which are also seen on MRI. Do you feel Concierge visit might help? ...Read more
Sometimes: Head ct and MRI can show shrinkage in certain brain areas, if that is extensive enough. However. Deterioration of brain function in the form of dementia -- including alzheimer's -- develops and impacts the person's behavior long before physical effects show up on ct or MRI scans. These scans would be only part of a workup for possible dementia, not the whole of it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Situational: For screening: mammograms are the most valuable. For diagnosis (palpable mass, mammographic density): ultrasound can be very helpful. Mris are the most sensitive test for breast cancer, but their prohibitive cost makes this unaffordable for large-population screening. It is best used in high-risk patients, those with very dense breast tissue, and for evaluating the extent of a known breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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You're overdue : It may be somewhat uncomfortable but tolerable and well worth it. Mammography has decreased breast cancer mortality by up to 50%. If you get one every year rather than every other your chances of dying from breast cancer go down 30%. 20% of cancers are in women in their 40's. What have you been waiting for? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a difference between cervical MRI and neck mri? For detecting mass or scar tissue, which is more useful - CT or mri?
Cervical spine MRI: Focuses on the spine and disks of the neck. Mri of the neck is designed to see all the soft tissues as well as the spine and is not as detailed a look at the spine. Mri contrast is often used for neck MRI and less so with cervical spine mri. Mri is usually better than ct looking at/characterizing neck soft tissues (masses, etc.). ...Read more
Different technology: Ct uses ionizing radiation, like xray, to produce images of the inside of your body. Mri uses a very powerful magnet to produce similar images. Each technology has it's strengths. For example, MRI is better at detecting stroke, while ct is better at detecting appendicitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A lot: Sorry to be so vague. They are very different in what can be seen and what can be diagnosed. Not enough room to go through the details. The Internet has many resources for this information. Try this one: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/ ...Read more
Atypical hemangioma on spine MRI. Why spine MRI can't determine cancer? Full-body scan recommended but how about whole-body MRI to avoid radiation?
Not performed.: Contrary to what you might have been told, a "whole body MRI" is almost NEVER performed - it's too expensive, & the technology doesn't work to make it easier. A PET or PET/CT scan is a better test for detecting cancer, but unless you have SYMPTOMS indicating cancer, the chance of picking something up is remote. It wastes your time, worry, & money. Hemangiomas are common. TTYD or use HealthTap Prim ...Read more
Ultrasound: Left Breast=scattered benign appearing cysts, an adjacent nonvascular hypoechoic nodule compatible w a fibroadenoma is noted. ACR BIRADS Category2, No further imaging workup is necessary, Fibrocystic changes, 25 yrs old. I'm scared HELP?
The BiRads: Category 2 indicates benign findings and from your reports, I would agree with that. Cysts are common and benign, and fibroadenomas are quite well identified on ultrasound. This is supported by it being non-vascular...without blood supply. Cancers have a blood supply. I would continue to monitor your breasts and return to your doctor for an exam in 6 months. And then stop worrying ...you're ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Differences: The ct scan uses radiation from multiple x-ray devices to see internal organs. The MRI uses very strong magnetism to orient the body's water molecules and see internal structures such as ligaments, joints, brain, etc. Each study has its own individual benefits or indications. ...Read more
Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense breasts Birads 2 Benign finding what does Heterogeneously dense breast mean? my dr wants a ultrasound is it needed?
Uniform dense breast: In the young female the breast is extremely dense and consists of mostly breast tissue. With age, the breast tissue is dispersed with fatty tissue so that over 35yo mammo can be performed and one can visualize breast tissue. In some patients over 50 the mammo shows only sheets of dense breast tissue with no fat spread interstitially. Here a small lesion can only be detected by ultrasound. ...Read more
40yo mammo, dense tissue. MRI show 7mm mass 10:00. U/S didn't find that but 5mm "cyst" @11:00. Being sent to breast surgeon. What liklihood of cancer?
Probably low: It sounds like the findings are the same finding. But it is better to be safe and see that they are one and the same thing. MRI is very sensitive so it may see something the other tests didn't. So it is better to see what the surgeon says. Don't be surprised if he wants it out to be certain what it is . Good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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