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What does it mean if mammogram tech asks if you had change in weight since your last mammogram?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Xray density

If there has been a gain in weight, the breast will have more fatty tissue to "look through" with the mammogram.
If a weight loss, there is sometimes more fibrous tissue increasing the density. Comparisons of two or more previous mammograms make it easier to spot changes and possible tumors.

In brief: Xray density

If there has been a gain in weight, the breast will have more fatty tissue to "look through" with the mammogram.
If a weight loss, there is sometimes more fibrous tissue increasing the density. Comparisons of two or more previous mammograms make it easier to spot changes and possible tumors.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Dr. Wayne Ingram
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: Weight gain

Possibly your mammogram changed in appearance, or technical factors changed, and tech asked about weight gain to account for the change.

In brief: Weight gain

Possibly your mammogram changed in appearance, or technical factors changed, and tech asked about weight gain to account for the change.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Paul Slawek
Radiology

In brief: Change in pattern

If there are significant changes in weight the doctor reading the mammograms should be so advised.
Important part of reading mammograms is comparison with the previous study. Large gains or losses in wt can change the pattern and create confusion.

In brief: Change in pattern

If there are significant changes in weight the doctor reading the mammograms should be so advised.
Important part of reading mammograms is comparison with the previous study. Large gains or losses in wt can change the pattern and create confusion.
Dr. Paul Slawek
Dr. Paul Slawek
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