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Reasons For Second Mammogram
Image?: DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE IMAGE TO SHOW ONLINE? DID YOU MEAN YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO TO SEE FOR A SECOND OPINION? IF IT IS THE LATTER, YOU NEED TO SEE AN ONCOLOGIST. ...Read more
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
The radiologist: identified a potential abnormality on the screening mammo, and it requires special additional views and possibly ultrasound to completely evaluate. This scenario occurs with approximately 10% of screening mammos, and once the additional imaging is performed, about 80% of the time it is nothing of concern. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: The diagnosis of cervical cancer is made by pathological examination of a biopsy. Ask to see this report. If it says cancer, a second opinion will not change that. You may, however, wish to get a second opinion about proposed treatment for precancerous cells, which should not be confused with or called cancer. You may also wish to get a second opinion about a proposed treatment of true cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some reasons: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (polycystic ovary syndrome or asherman’s syndrome). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more
Mammo Prescription and it as DX Z12.31- encounter for screening mammogram for malignant neoplasm of breast what is DX is it for a routine mammo ?
ICD-10 code: Doctor's have to come up with codes for billing purposes - especially when we order tests. This system is called ICD-10. It is the 10th generation of the International Classification of Diseases if you really want to know. "Dx" stands for 'diagnosis', and Z12.31 is a breast cancer screening code for the mammogram. I'd ask the doctor more questions if you're still not sure. ...Read more
Is getting a second CT scan for post-surgery seroma evaluation, within 4 months too much radiation?
Radiation from: Ct scans is a larger amount than say, a typical x-ray would have. However, most doctors would not indiscriminately order these tests without a need for the valuable information they may provide. One needs to weigh all risks and benefits before ordering tests. Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about radiation exposures. ...Read more
Besides 30 pack year history, what are other reasons to recomend CT scan for lung cancer screening? Is this the most accurate predictor of risk?
Yes: Currently smoking history is best predictor of risk for smoking associated lung cancers, other known predictors are presence of COPD and prior personal history of lung cancer and significant exposure to aerosolized asbestos. Talk with your PCP if concerned, a case for screening can be made for individuals based on unique combinations of risk factors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mammogram for breast tenderness results were benign gynecomastia. Received letter today saying it's time for six month repeat test. Is this normal?
The prior: mammogram report likely recommended a 6 month follow up to monitor stability. This is not unusual. However, if you think it is a mistake, call your doctor and check before having the mammo. It may not be necessary to monitor gynecomastia with serial mammograms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there negative effects of breast cancer treatment/ mammography after a year? What should I expect?
Mammo is low risk: Treatment effects can vary significantly depending on what is done (type of surgery, radiation, chemo). Mammography should not have any significant effects, especially after one year. Mammograms are low dose radiation, but any radiation can increase cancer risk over the long term (decades). The cancer risk from mammograms is extremely low. Note that you are below the recommended screening age. ...Read more
53 yrs old. Recent digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue, negative for ca. Should the results be trusted because of density.
Probably: If you have no added risk factors such as a history of brca gene positive, strong family history, prior breast cancer, palpable mass etc. Then all you need is annual breast exam/mammogram. Added risk factors may indicate need for MRI and, in that case, you may want to discuss this concept with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Regardless of the type of cancer, it is critical that every patient that requires surgery have a crystal-clear understanding of their treatment. As a cancer surgeon, i feel that communication is as important as the operation itself (and usually takes longer). If a patient is not comfortable with what they have heard, a second opinion from an independent doctor of the same specialty can be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens at an breast MRI if your not screening for breast cancer but screening for both breasts that have inverted nipple discharge? I'm 18.
Careful with MRI: Mri has a high sensitivity but low specificity and often finds many benign lesions. That increases worry and leads to more tests and biopsies, but rarely finds cancer. I wouldn't recommend MRI here. Bilateral nipple discharge is common and not worrisome for cancer, and cancer at age 18 is extremely unlikely. There are other tests to determine the cause of the discharge or if it is of concern. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Scheduled for diagnostic mammogram of one of my breasts, and a possible sonogram, should I be worried?
It's normal to worry: Many women get called back after their screening mammogram. The diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound is only a way to evaluate more closely and area of possible concern that the radiologist might have. For some women it might end here, for others a biopsy might be recommended. Still it means nothing until the biopsy result is back. Based on that further recommendations will follow. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Negative chest Cat scan for rib fracture but radiologist recommends MRI with contrast of thyroid for my 12 year old. I'm not getting a reason why?
Not a clue: We do not have the history, exam or CAT scan to review, so we could only guess that something in the cat scan was suspicious. I'd call your doc, who might have received a call from the radiologist.One of the problems of these advanced technologies is they find stuff we weren't looking for that points out a need for another test.Some of the stuff is worrisome, some turns out to be okay. ...Read more
Should I be seeking a second opinion when the radiologist stated an area on my baseline breast scan to be within normal tissue after a repeat mammogram and ultrasound? He would like to see me again in 6 months to compare scans.
Check with your Doc: A mammogram is a screening tool & an ultrasound and magnified views of a breast area would have given the radiologist more information. If no concerning areas are found, your doc has to correlate your risk factors with your clinical exam to decide if a repeat in 6 months is appropriate. Do this first & if still concerned, then feel free to seek a second opinion. Take good care of yourself. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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