I'm 55 and have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive?

Define INCONCLUSIVE. After having a mammogram, the report should include a follow-up plan, listed as a birads code. This will spell out exactly what the next step should be: immediate further testing (ultrasound, compression mamm, mri), short-term follow-up, biopsy, etc. If you don't have a clear understanding of the next steps, please talk to the doctor who ordered your mammogram or see a breast specialist. Good luck.
Dense breast. Sometimes, mammogram is inconclusive, and additional test like mammo with spot compression is needed.For a very dense breast- the sensitivity of mammogram will be lower- and further testing like MRI of breast sometimes is needed.. Ask and discuss with your doctor regarding other test for example- MRI of the breast , spot compression etc, and see if that is something you can/should have.
Inconclusive. 'Inconclusive' is not part of the mammo Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System(BIRADS).In order to maintain accreditation to read mammo, a radiologist must categorize mammo findings into one of the following: incomplete(needs additional views), negative, benign, probably benign, suspicious, highly suspicious, or known cancer.So, inconclusive is not an acceptable conclusion! Speak with your doc.

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I have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive. Should I write my will?

Not yet. Dense breasts often decrease the effectiveness of mammogram. If there is any concern about the mammogram you could consider asking for an MRI to be performed of the breasts- this may add additional information in helping to determine if there is anything to be concerned about. Read more...
No. This means that the mammogram did not provide enough information because your breasts a difficult for the x-rays to penetrate. Contact your doctor or radiologist to see what is the next step. Most likely you will need a ultrasound as the next step. When you have cystic breasts, it is common to require additional pictures beyond a mammogram. Read more...
No. Inconclusive or incomplete means that additional imaging is required due to a possible abnormality. Usually this entails further mammographic views or ultrasound. Most of the time the questionable abnormality turns out to be nothing of concern. Additional imaging is common with dense breasts. Read more...

53 yrs old. Recent digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue, negative for ca. Should the results be trusted because of density.

Probably. If you have no added risk factors such as a history of brca gene positive, strong family history, prior breast cancer, palpable mass etc. Then all you need is annual breast exam/mammogram. Added risk factors may indicate need for MRI and, in that case, you may want to discuss this concept with your doctor. Read more...
Dense breasts. The sensitivity of mammography for detecting cancer, across the board, is about 80%.Thus, in about 20% of breast cancer cases, the mammo is normal.The sensitivity decreases to 50% or less with dense breasts, so although the mammo is still the standard of care for dense breasts, it is less accurate.To improve detection in dense breasts, some advocate adjunct screening ultrasound or 3D tomosynthesis. Read more...