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I have a pectus excavadum and my mammogram is always incomplete. What can they do for a thorough evaluation?
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Dr. David Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: MRI
You could consider doing a bilateral breast MRI if for some anatomical reason they are unable to perform a mamogram. It is more expenisve, and dose appear to be a more sensitive test, but has a higher rate of false positive.
Most insurers will deny this test for screening in patients who are not at a hightened risk of breast cancer, but it may be worth a try.

In brief: MRI
You could consider doing a bilateral breast MRI if for some anatomical reason they are unable to perform a mamogram. It is more expenisve, and dose appear to be a more sensitive test, but has a higher rate of false positive.
Most insurers will deny this test for screening in patients who are not at a hightened risk of breast cancer, but it may be worth a try.
Dr. David Masiello
Dr. David Masiello
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Dr. Michael Gabor
The chest deformity will also cause the same problem on MRI....if the chest cannot be flush against the opening for the breast, the posterior breast will not be included on the scan. Screening ultrasound is a better option.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ultrasound
Adjunct screening ultrasound is the best option.
Because of your pectus deformity, the MRI will be compromised for the same reason your mammo is: they will be unable to include the posterior breast due to the positioning requirements of MRI. Ultrasound will not be affected by the pectus.

In brief: Ultrasound
Adjunct screening ultrasound is the best option.
Because of your pectus deformity, the MRI will be compromised for the same reason your mammo is: they will be unable to include the posterior breast due to the positioning requirements of MRI. Ultrasound will not be affected by the pectus.
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Paul Slawek
Radiology
In brief: MRI
Mri would be best if your mammogram is of low reliability.
Ultrasound would be helpful.

In brief: MRI
Mri would be best if your mammogram is of low reliability.
Ultrasound would be helpful.
Dr. Paul Slawek
Dr. Paul Slawek
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Dr. Michael Gabor
The chest deformity will also cause the same problem on MRI....if the chest cannot be flush against the opening for the breast, the posterior breast will not be included on the scan. Screening ultrasound is a better option.
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