What are abnormal findings on mammogram?

What is an abnormal mammogram? Abnormal mammogram results occur when breast imaging detects an irregular area of the breast that has the potential to be malignant. This could come in the form of small white spots called calcifications, lumps or tumors called masses, and other suspicious areas.

Why would a radiologist want an ultrasound after a mammogram?

When someone has more fibrous or glandular tissue, doctors consider their breasts dense. Dense breast tissue can make it more challenging to read mammograms. If a radiologist has difficulty reading your mammogram due to dense breasts, they may call you back to undergo further testing, such as an ultrasound or an MRI.

What percent of first mammograms are abnormal?

The chance of having a false positive result after one mammogram is about 7%-12%. However, it’s important to be aware of the fact that if you have a false positive result, you may be at a slightly higher risk of developing cancer in the next 10 years.

How worried should I be about a mammogram call back?

Getting called back after a screening mammogram is pretty common but can be scary. But getting called back does not mean you have breast cancer. It means that the doctors have found something they want to look at more closely. If you get called back, it’s usually to take new pictures or get other tests.

How painful is a breast biopsy?

You will be awake during your biopsy and should have little discomfort. Many women report little pain and no scarring on the breast. However, certain patients, including those with dense breast tissue or abnormalities near the chest wall or behind the nipple, may be more sensitive during the procedure.

What does abnormal abnormal mammogram results mean?

Abnormal mammogram results could be due to a non-cancerous tumor, cyst, or dense breast tissue. Often, patients return for further testing and are found to be cancer-free. Medical Arts Radiology has multiple women’s imaging sites across Long Island, including PURE Mammography.

What are irregular mammograms and how can I avoid them?

Sometimes irregular mammograms are the result of a false-positive and are deemed to be non-cancerous. These situations are typically avoided by using high-resolution 3D mammography when screening for breast cancer.

Do I need follow-up testing after an abnormal mammogram?

Fortunately, the majority of women who need follow-up testing after an abnormal mammogram do not have breast cancer. Most follow-up tests reveal benign conditions. Only 1-2% of women with an abnormal mammogram will need a biopsy, and most of these biopsies (60-70%) will find no evidence of cancer.

What is pure mammography at Medical Arts radiology?

Medical Arts Radiology has multiple women’s imaging sites across Long Island, including PURE Mammography. PURE provides the latest in mammogram technology and comfort, using 3D mammography and providing a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere.