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I'm 55 and have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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