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Shadow On Mammogram
Mammogram: Anything above the density of fat, including normal fibroglandular breast tissue, shows up as a "shadow" on a mammogram. The shape and the margins of the shadow are among the features of the shadow that determine if it is suspicious and/or requires additional evaluation. ...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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a mammogram that needed further testing. When I went back in the lady circled nine little shadows but didn't tell me anything. ?
You need to ask!: Usually mammographers give you good advice right away, but sometimes they just report to the doctor who ordered the test. In any event, if you want to know a test result, you ought to ask! ...Read more
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
Yes but not for long: A woman's breast is squeezed as flat as possible for a couple seconds while the x ray is taken. It hurts, but it doesn't last long. Most women have no problem tolerating it. It shouldn't keep you from having it done if your doctor recommends it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Needs compression: Most centers in the us take two images. One is oblique (called a medial lateral oblique or mlo) and one is head to toe (called craniocaudal or cc). Compression is required in both projections and this part can be painful. Once the images are obtained they are evaluated by a radiologist who has satisfied certain criteria established by the fda. A report should be available that day or within 1 week. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers