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Can a radiologist tell if a nodule is cancer just by looking a on a digital mammogram?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
9 doctors agree

In brief: No. Diagnostic

Radiologists specialize in mammo interpretation, but they describe findings, suggest more imaging, but the truth comes only after biopsy.
Screening is done with x-rays that are not sensitive in many cases, diagnsotic procedures can be much more sensitive. False results, positives and negatives, plague x-ray mammograms.

In brief: No. Diagnostic

Radiologists specialize in mammo interpretation, but they describe findings, suggest more imaging, but the truth comes only after biopsy.
Screening is done with x-rays that are not sensitive in many cases, diagnsotic procedures can be much more sensitive. False results, positives and negatives, plague x-ray mammograms.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: "suggestive of"

"consistent with" are terms used to describe findings on mammograms.
The definite diagnosis is by biopsy.

In brief: "suggestive of"

"consistent with" are terms used to describe findings on mammograms.
The definite diagnosis is by biopsy.
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probability of Ca

Nodules are characterized on mammo by various features that increase or decrease the probability of cancer.
In order to remain accredited to interpret mammo, radiologists are required to render a final interpretation categorizing the lesion into one of the following categories: benign, probably benign, suspicious, or highly suspicious. The last category implies at least a 95% chance of malignancy

In brief: Probability of Ca

Nodules are characterized on mammo by various features that increase or decrease the probability of cancer.
In order to remain accredited to interpret mammo, radiologists are required to render a final interpretation categorizing the lesion into one of the following categories: benign, probably benign, suspicious, or highly suspicious. The last category implies at least a 95% chance of malignancy
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