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What do they do if my screening mammogram shows a problem?

What do they do if my screening mammogram shows a problem?

More tests: You can expect more mammogram images, possibly a breast ultrasound. A breast mri, other studies, and biopsy may also be required. ...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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How does a diagnostic mammogram differ from a screening mammogram?

How does a diagnostic mammogram differ from a screening mammogram?

Screening mammo: is 4 standard views in an asymptomatic woman, looking for signs of cancer anywhere in both breasts. Diagnostic mammogram is a variable number of specialized views to fully evaluate a particular area of the breast identified as potentially abnormal on screening mammo or physical exam. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a diagnostic vs screening mammogram?

What is the difference between a diagnostic vs screening mammogram?

Symptoms: A screening mammography is done as a routine exam. There are no symptoms. No masses have been felt. The patient is being screened. A diagnostic mammo is done because there is some reason other than routine. A mass has been felt, there is a discharge from the nipple, etc. Additional views may be taken. Sometimes a needle aspiration will be done at the same time. ...Read more

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What is the.Difference bet a diagnostic mammogram?And a screening mammogram?Thanks..

What is the.Difference bet a diagnostic mammogram?And a screening mammogram?Thanks..

Issue vs no issue: A screening mammogram is one done without there being any patient or doctor concerns about the breasts. It's done in asymptomatic women on a schedule according to guidelines. A diagnostic mammogram is done in response to a patient complaint or finding on the exam. ...Read more

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What if my screening mammogram shows a problem? Are there any problems with mammograms?

No perfect test: It is possible that what is picked-up on a mammogram is not cancer. Unfortunately, there is overlap between the benign and malignant. This is why additional tests (such as ultrasound) are necessary. ...Read more

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I had a screening mammogram.I waited while the technician checked. She took 1 more pic but implied something not right . Why would she take one more ?

I had a screening mammogram.I waited while the technician checked. She took 1 more pic but implied something not right . Why would she take one more ?

Don't: read too much into that. The technologists do not diagnose or work up abnormalities. When they take extra pictures on their own, it likely means that one of the pictures was technically inadequate, for example due to motion blurring or suboptimal positioning, and they are simply repeating it to get the best possible picture. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound?

What is the difference between a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound?

A screening: mammogram is a study of both breasts that is performed on asymptomatic women to try and detect signs of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram consists of special views, and is usually targeted to a specific area of the breast, to further evaluate a potential abnormality seen on screening mammo or felt on clinical exam. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a new focal asymmetry on screening mammogram "flattened into benign pattern" on diagnostic mammogram? I have very dense breasts.

What does it mean if a new focal asymmetry on screening mammogram "flattened into benign pattern" on diagnostic mammogram?  I have very dense breasts.

No abnormality: It generally means that the original appearance on the screening mammogram was due to a coincidental overlapping of normal breast structures, causing the false appearance of a possible abnormality. On the diagnostic images,the overlapping structures spread out and look normal again, proving that the original "abnormality" was not real. A true mass would not flatten or spread out on the diag mammo ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more