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Can a radiologist tell if a nodule is cancer by looking a on a digital mammogram?
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5 doctors agree
In brief: No
The only way to be sure is to get a biopsy.

In brief: No
The only way to be sure is to get a biopsy.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: May suspect
The radiologist uses her/his best judgement to cathegorize a mammographic finding.
The findings are given a cathegory number from 0 to 5. 0 means additional testing is needed. 1 is negative. 2 is benign. 3 is probably benign but requires a shorter term (6 month) recheck. 4 means suspicious and 5 means highly suspicious. A cancer diagnosis is made only by pathology exam of a biopsy sample.

In brief: May suspect
The radiologist uses her/his best judgement to cathegorize a mammographic finding.
The findings are given a cathegory number from 0 to 5. 0 means additional testing is needed. 1 is negative. 2 is benign. 3 is probably benign but requires a shorter term (6 month) recheck. 4 means suspicious and 5 means highly suspicious. A cancer diagnosis is made only by pathology exam of a biopsy sample.
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
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
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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