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A friend told me her routine mammogram was abnormal. What does this mean and what should someone do if she receives this type of report?
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Have your friend
discuss it with her doctor who has the test results and can best explain it.
What was the birad score?

In brief: Have your friend
discuss it with her doctor who has the test results and can best explain it.
What was the birad score?
Dr. Diane Minich
Dr. Diane Minich
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: The results
letters that patients receive are required to be in "lay" language and often don't say much more than "normal" or "abnormal, call your doctor".
She needs to contact her physician for the details. The majority of the time these end up being nothing, but sometimes not.

In brief: The results
letters that patients receive are required to be in "lay" language and often don't say much more than "normal" or "abnormal, call your doctor".
She needs to contact her physician for the details. The majority of the time these end up being nothing, but sometimes not.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Raj Syal
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Don't panic
Many mammograms are reported as abnormal and require further testing.
Most turn out to be normal.

In brief: Don't panic
Many mammograms are reported as abnormal and require further testing.
Most turn out to be normal.
Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Check the label.
Every mammogram report should include a birads score which indicates the next steps necessary after a routine screening mammogram. Birads 0 means that additional testing is needed, like a DX mamm. Or an ultrasound.
Birads 3 means the abnormality is probably benign, but to be safe, we would repeat a mamm. In 6 mos. Birads 4 means biopsy recommended; even then, it's cancerous ~25% of the time.

In brief: Check the label.
Every mammogram report should include a birads score which indicates the next steps necessary after a routine screening mammogram. Birads 0 means that additional testing is needed, like a DX mamm. Or an ultrasound.
Birads 3 means the abnormality is probably benign, but to be safe, we would repeat a mamm. In 6 mos. Birads 4 means biopsy recommended; even then, it's cancerous ~25% of the time.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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