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Mammogram necessary? 7 PET/CT scans, 1 CT w/ dye, 1 chest CT w/o dye and abdominal MRI in last 26 months. All clear. Do I need a mammogram this year? Been 2 1/2 yrs Age 63 small breast. No concerns

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In brief: Yes

Screening mammography works best when you get the test once per year. Unfortunately none of the other tests you've had are a suitable substitute.
The radiation from your mammogram will be a tiny fraction of the radiation you received from the other tests. All of those tests you've had add up 100's of mammograms, so one more won't make a difference in terms of your overall exposure.

In brief: Yes

Screening mammography works best when you get the test once per year. Unfortunately none of the other tests you've had are a suitable substitute.
The radiation from your mammogram will be a tiny fraction of the radiation you received from the other tests. All of those tests you've had add up 100's of mammograms, so one more won't make a difference in terms of your overall exposure.
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe.

The only test that you have had that would have high sensitivity for breast carcinoma would be the PET/CT, so if you had a PET/CT within the past year, you might not need the mammo this year, but please resume screening next year. Negative tests in the past do not protect you in the future.

In brief: Maybe.

The only test that you have had that would have high sensitivity for breast carcinoma would be the PET/CT, so if you had a PET/CT within the past year, you might not need the mammo this year, but please resume screening next year. Negative tests in the past do not protect you in the future.
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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Why all of the scans? If all neg.
obviously a mammo not indicated. The more important question is whether a lesion or mass is palpable in the breast. Next year have a mammo and if neg. the next one is 2 yrs. later, always looking for early changes as with microcalcification, not seen on PET

In brief: No

Why all of the scans? If all neg.
obviously a mammo not indicated. The more important question is whether a lesion or mass is palpable in the breast. Next year have a mammo and if neg. the next one is 2 yrs. later, always looking for early changes as with microcalcification, not seen on PET
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Dr. Lorrie Mcgill
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Recommended

I understand your concern with all of the radiation exposure you have had, however 1 in every 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
Doing self breast exams and yearly doctor exams are important, but the mammogram will pick up cancer earlier. The benefit is in early detection which allows for a better prognosis and the ability to potentially save your breast.

In brief: Recommended

I understand your concern with all of the radiation exposure you have had, however 1 in every 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
Doing self breast exams and yearly doctor exams are important, but the mammogram will pick up cancer earlier. The benefit is in early detection which allows for a better prognosis and the ability to potentially save your breast.
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