The Power of Mammo Tomosynthesis

I thought this would be a good vlog to make since tomosynthesis can only truly be appreciated on video and not in print. I’m still trying to figure out a format for these video posts, so please be patient with me. I’m going to target for about 3 minutes each so that they can be […]

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What to expect at breast biopsy

At this point you have completed a diagnostic examination and the findings led the radiologist to recommend a biopsy. A diagnostic work up may entail any of the modalities: mammogram, ultrasound, and/or MRI. Generally, lesions should be biopsied under the modality where they are best visualized, particularly for subtle lesions. That being said I will […]

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Mammogram – What does a radiologist look for?

When a radiologist is reviewing your mammogram there are three things in particular they are looking for to exclude possible cancer: mass, architectural distortion, and suspicious calcifications. We will discuss each feature, but many of these things may only be detected when comparing to prior exams, which is why you should have ANNUAL mammograms. As […]

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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 – 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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Mammogram – What does my callback letter mean?

So, you just received a callback letter from your screening mammogram. This is NOT the time to panic. There are many factors that could influence a radiologist’s decision to call a patient back for additional imaging. If you asked me what exams in radiology seemed the most artful, relying on skill, talent, and utilizing clinical […]

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