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Topic: Clarification on measurements

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Posted on: Nov 24, 2021 11:42PM

Birads3 wrote:

Can anyone tell me what measurements this is? Is it wider or taller 10×5×6? Small mass, Hypochoetic, 9:00 right breast well circumsized, breasts extremely dense, calcification.

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Nov 25, 2021 12:08AM - edited Nov 25, 2021 12:13AM by SmoothOperator78

The numbers are probably in millimeters and 10mm is small. The imaging report should say whether it looks taller or wider (taller is more suspicious).

Hypoechoic means that it looks denser than the surrounding tissue (suspicious).

Well circumscribed means it has a clear and definitive border. A lot of benign findings are well circumscribed.

Dense breast means a lot of fibrous tissue which can make it difficult to see problems. There is a radiology scale of 1-4 in terms of density.

Calcification means that there is a small grain of calcified tissue. A cluster or pattern of them is more suspicious than a single calcification.

9:00 right is saying it is in the 9:00 o’clock position if looking at the right breast like a clock face with the nipple in the middle. Usually a measurement of millimeters away from the nipple is given too.

Dx 7/20/2021, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 8/5/2021 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/31/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/31/2021 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 12/16/2021 Whole-breast: Breast
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Nov 25, 2021 12:25AM Birads3 wrote:

Thank you. It's says 5 cm from nipple. Also says slightly heterogenous. I don't see anything about if wider or taller.

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Nov 25, 2021 12:36AM SmoothOperator78 wrote:

The 9:00 o’clock and the measurement from the nipple is to help locate it later for biopsy or comparison in the future.


I suspect you’ll be referred to get a biopsy to investigate this mass.If you’re BIRADS-3 and the small mass is well circumscribed, that’s probably an indication it is likely a benign issue but the biopsy will tell you for certain.


Dx 7/20/2021, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 8/5/2021 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/31/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 8/31/2021 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 12/16/2021 Whole-breast: Breast
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Nov 25, 2021 03:00PM AliceBastable wrote:

I thought a person had to be Birads 4 for insurance to pay for a biopsy, and that 3 was for reexamination in 3 or 6 months? There may be exceptions, but I'm pretty sure those are the standard.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. Hope it stays that way. Dx 5/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 26, 2021 03:25PM Birads3 wrote:

Thank you for your explanations and responses, I have to go back for a short interval follow up in March. It all looks good as far as being benign but I wanted to know why it's not Birads 2 and def benign and questionable (I'm assuming it's because it's solid and slightly heterogenous but I'm not sure) so I wanted to know if anyone could tell me if it is measured longer than wide or wider than long...it was written as 10×6×5,. I am assuming it must me okay or else it would have said and it doesn't. Thank you

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