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If a CT scan shows a breast lump and the mammogram does not should another test be performed?

If a CT scan shows a breast lump and the mammogram does not should another test be performed?

Maybe: If the radiologist looks at both studies and determines that a normal structure on the mammogram accounts for what looks like an abnormality on CT, then no. If the mammogram can't account for the CT finding, then yes. Ultrasound would likely be the next test, then possibly MRI if there is still uncertainty. ...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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What to do with conflicting CT scan results? I had a mammogram and a CT scan done. The CT scan showed a lump in my breast but the mammogram didn't show anything. What is done in situations like these? Should another test be done other than CT or mamogra

What to do with conflicting CT scan results? I had a mammogram and a CT scan done.  The CT scan showed a lump in my breast but the mammogram didn't show anything.  What is done in situations like these? Should another test be done other than CT or mamogra

Dedicated : Dedicated ct imaging of the breast is essentially only performed in a few research facilities, so i will assume that something was found in your breast incidentally during a ct of your chest. First, make sure that the radiologist performing the mammogram had the ct scan for comparison. If you feel the lump that was seen on ct, then you should probably have an ultrasound performed in the area for further evaluation. If you do not feel the lump and the radiologist compared the mammogram with the ct and was not concerned, then the ct finding was probably incidental and no further evaluation would be indicated. However, if you are still concerned you could have a follow-up mammogram in six months to ease your concern. ...Read more

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How does a doctor perform a mammogram if you have aa cup breasts?

How does a doctor perform a mammogram if you have aa cup breasts?

Can be done: Mammograms can be done on virtually anyone. You will get 2 views - one from head to toe and the other from the side. Women with smaller breasts can be done. ...Read more

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I found a lump in my breast, having a mammogram soon what happens if the test shows a problem? what would be the next step?

I found a lump in my breast, having a mammogram soon what happens if the test shows a  problem? what would be the next step?

The next step: would likely be a Breast ultrasound to further evaluate the lump and/or mammographic abnormality. Depending on the results, an image-guided needle biopsy may be indicated. If the mammogram and ultrasound demonstrate no abnormality, your doctor will need to determine what kind of follow up the lump needs. ...Read more

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Mammogram showed grape size white area. Had view redone because breast tissue wasn't compressed. 2nd test the "grape" not there. Why? Concerned?

Mammogram showed grape size white area. Had view redone because breast tissue wasn't compressed. 2nd test the "grape" not there. Why? Concerned?

Try not to worry : This is common and a big source of confusion and concern for patients. When taking the picture of the breast, tissue sometimes randomly overlaps and will appear denser (white) than it should. This happens roughly 10% of the time. The only way to know this isn't cancer is to take another picture. If it disappears (it usually does) then you know it's tissue overlap, not cancer. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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My doctor dis a breast check and thinks I have a cyst. Will this show up on a mammogram? Will I need further tests? Do cysts go away?

My doctor dis a breast check and thinks I have a cyst.  Will this show up on a mammogram?  Will I need further tests?  Do cysts go away?

Mammography: The mammogram is excellent to ascertain reaction to the cyst and to see if any growth associates with it or any calcium. An ultrasound is another excellent test. Cysts can ebb and grow. Have you had trauma? ...Read more

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How to perform self examination on large breast? How to differentiate lumps in breast? Is it better to get mammogram/ultrasound? 25 years old, 40D.

How to perform self examination on large breast? How to differentiate lumps in breast? Is it better to get mammogram/ultrasound? 25 years old, 40D.

Self exam: Try this link: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps Mammo screening should start at age 40, possibly earlier if you are at higher risk. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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33 yrs old, axillary swelling, family history of breast cancerbefore 40. Doctor suggests mammogram. Should I hold off on xrays? Are there better tests?

33 yrs old, axillary swelling, family history of breast cancerbefore 40. Doctor suggests mammogram. Should I hold off on xrays? Are there better tests?

Is it bilateral : or unilateral axillary swelling? If bilateral, it would be extremely unlikely that it is due to breast pathology. If unilateral, and with your family history, ultrasound and diagnostic mammo are reasonable. ...Read more

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Mammograms shows increase in nodular density left breast. The radiologist can't see. Need spot test and ultrasound help?

Mammograms shows increase in nodular density left breast. The radiologist can't see.  Need spot test and ultrasound help?

Advice follow up: You need to follow through with the advice given by the radiologist, as nodular and dense breasts are often hard to "see through". ...Read more

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