Mammogram – what is BI-RADS and what does it mean to me?

BI-RADS stands for the Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System. Along with breast density, it is the only other mandated requirement to appear in your breast report. Your BI-RADS score determines your next course of action. Structured data reporting and collection began with mammography. Just as Apple has the iEverything, the American College of Radiology (ACR) as the […]

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Mammogram – What does my breast density mean?

Every screening mammogram report should include an assessment for breast density. It may include a callback letter requesting you return for further evaluation. Mammographically, the breasts are made of two types of tissue: fat and fibroglandular tissue (glands and ducts for milk production and the supporting structures and ligaments). By convention from old film screen […]

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Mammogram – When to start and when to stop

There are several recommendations floating around out there with controversy stirred most recently in 2009 by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), which recommended screening mammograms every other year for women above the age 50 with women 40-50 choosing when to start. The USPSTF also recommends against teaching women breast self-examination.   Before going […]

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