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Does a shadow on a mammogram mean cancer?

Does a shadow on a mammogram mean cancer?

Mammogram: A shadow doesn't absolutely mean or suggest cancer. The radiologist is trained to pick up subtle variations seen on mammogram and will suggest biopsy if the area is concerning enough. Speak with your doctor as well as the radiologist and see what they suggest. ...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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My c x ray shows the nodule shadow image on upper left side near lung?

My c x ray shows the nodule shadow image on upper left side near lung?

Mgt: The image may be uploaded to an inbox consult for guidance. Depending on your history and the appearance of the nodule, you may need a chest CT and further studies. ...Read more

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What does new asymmetrical density findings on a mammogram report mean?

What does new asymmetrical density  findings on a mammogram report  mean?

Needs Further Eval: Asymmetry implies that there may be an underlying tumor where the breast tissue is more prominent. The next step is to get a diagnostic mammogram +/- ultrasound to see if this is just a "shadow" or an abnormality that warrants a biopsy (these turn out to be shadows most of the time). Please discuss this further with the doctor that ordered your mammogram. ...Read more

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66 years old, mammogram shows tiny subcentimeter density within the right retroareolar breast on cc view. What does this mean?

66 years old, mammogram shows tiny subcentimeter density within the right retroareolar breast on cc view. What does this mean?

Abnormal Mammogram : A density or "spot" on a m'gram requires further evaluation, which may include reviewing prior m'gram's, a diagnostic m'gram, and/or an ultrasound. This closer look will allow us to categorize this as "probably benign" (requiring 6 month follow-up) or "suspicious" (requiring a biopsy). Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Ultrasound on lump done. Report says birad1, tissue looks fibrocystic. what does that mean? ultrasound done 3x in 2 mths. Change of missing cancer?

Ultrasound on lump done. Report says birad1, tissue looks fibrocystic. what does that mean? ultrasound done 3x in 2 mths. Change of missing cancer?

Lump cancer?: It means it is compared of fibrocystic tissue. Not cancer. Where is it? Most likely lipomas which is almost never cancer. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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2 new nodules on a CT report on a colon cancer patient , why are not measurements stated?

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2 new nodules on a CT report on a colon cancer patient , why are not measurements stated?

Complicated: Measurement of lesions at CT is not a trivial task. Measurement in the axial plane in two dimensions may not reflect the volume of the lesion. The measurement is affected by slice thickness and window and level settings. RECIST 1.1 is a standard for tumor measurement, but it seems outdated with modern CT. Development of new lung lesions in high risk colon ca is bad, size willnot affect therapy. ...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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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

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Lump found in rt. Breast at 5:30 position on 3/2012. Biopsy said fibroadenoma. Next us found lump at 7:30. Biopsy says fibroadenoma. Same lump?

Lump found in rt. Breast at 5:30 position on 3/2012. Biopsy said fibroadenoma. Next us found lump at 7:30. Biopsy says fibroadenoma. Same lump?

Possibly: This is hard to answer without knowing more information. Was the first one completely exised or just biopsied? The breast radiologist should be able to answer your question. Regardless, both are benign so i would not worry. Fibroadenomas are not uncommon in young women. ...Read more

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Had mammo in apr '14. Have lump. Core biopsy came back normal. 5-21-14 radiologist saw shadowing want the lump taken out. Whats shadowing indicates?

Had mammo in apr '14. Have lump. Core biopsy came back normal. 5-21-14 radiologist saw shadowing want the lump taken out. Whats shadowing  indicates?

Discordance: It appears that the benign biopsy result does not match the "shadowing" on the imaging. This is a mismatch that we call discordance. I recommend you find a breast specialist in your area who can evaluate you and look over the images to provide an answer. Good luck ...Read more

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Will breast cancer show on an xray?

Will breast cancer show on an xray?

Mammogram: Mammogram is type of xray study specifically performed to detect breast cancer.Majority of cancers can be detected by this examination. Supplemental exams include ultrasound and mri. ...Read more

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Suspicious clusters of pleomorphic calcifications found on one breast only during mammogram?

Suspicious clusters of pleomorphic calcifications found on one breast only during mammogram?

Needs biopsy: Suspicious cluster opleomorphic microcalcifications on mgram may be due to breast cancer. Therefore you need to undergo a biopsy. Usually they sggest a stereotactic biopsy which is a type od percutaneous needle biopsy n a special x-ray table. Please follow with a breast carer specialist or a radiologist experien in this procedure. ...Read more

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What's breast density effect on mass detection?

What's breast density effect on mass detection?

For in the harbor: The analogy i often use is of a fog in the harbor. The thicker the fog the harder it may be to see a small dingy - but it's still there. As you move up to a speedboat or yacht it becomes easier to find. Eventually even in the densest pea soup fog one will know an ocean liner is present and blowing its horn. ...Read more

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Ultrasound showed benign cysts on breast.. Will they go away? Any idea why they didn't show up on mammogram only ultrasound?

Ultrasound showed benign cysts on breast.. Will they go away? Any idea why they didn't show up on mammogram only ultrasound?

They may go away.: Benign cysts may enlarge or resolve or stay the same for years. Some say that eliminating caffeine from your diet may help. If the cysts are painful, needle aspiration may be curative, but otherwise nothing needs to be done.Cysts may be invisible on a mammogram when the breast is dense (glandular) and the cysts are hidden by adjacent normal tissue or if they are small. They do not become cancer. ...Read more

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On mamaram screening they found a nodulat density within postetior left breast seen only on mlo view. mamagrams since 2011 have been normal. ?

On mamaram screening they found a nodulat density within postetior left breast seen only on mlo view. mamagrams since 2011 have been normal. ?

Needs further workup: A nodular density seen on only a single view of a mammogram (referred to as an asymmetry) requires additional workup, such as extra views with more compression or at different angles, and possibly ultrasound. A nodular density can be normal tissue, a cyst, a tumor, or other. It should not be ignored. ...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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Can breast (benign) calcifications show up as a 2 mm lung nodule on CT w/o iodine? So scared! Node on CT in Apr. 14 and Oct. 14. Recheck tomorrow.

Can breast (benign) calcifications show up as a 2 mm lung nodule on CT w/o iodine? So scared! Node on CT in Apr. 14 and Oct. 14. Recheck tomorrow.

Unlikely: Benign calcifications in the breast are common but they should not cause or be mistaken for a lung nodule. Lung nodules can have many causes and are not necessarily malignant but the are not generally associated with benign breast calcifications. Hope this was some help. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What does a birads 3 mean on mri. My mam screening had a density show up , dignastic said irreg focal asy. Den. Mri asy fibroglandular tissue. What to?

What does a birads 3 mean on mri. My mam screening had a density show up , dignastic said irreg focal asy. Den. Mri asy fibroglandular  tissue. What to?

Repeat in 6 months: I recommend following up with a breast specialist who can examine you and review the films. Birads-3 means there is a benign (noncancerous) finding that should be repeated in 6 months to make sure it is stable. ...Read more

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What cancer would show up on CT scan of neck?

What cancer would show up on CT scan of neck?

Many kinds could.: The neck is an anatomically complicated region with many internal structures. A ct scan of the neck could show both primary and secondary cancers (tumors that started in the neck and tumors that have spread to the neck from other parts of the body). One primary neck cancer that might be seen on a neck scan is thyroid cancer. Lymphoma is another. Tongue / tonsil / larynx cancers also... ...Read more