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Posted on: Apr 20, 2007 10:44AM

greenacres wrote:

Just curious - in my report it says "Findings: The breasts are heterogeneously dense which limits mammographic sensitivity and can obscure a mass. Within the bilateral breasts, no suspicious calcifications, architectural distortion or dominant suspicious mass is seen. Benign calcifications are noted in the left breast. Benign appearing lymph nodes are seen in the bilateral axillary regions. Some asymmetry of breast tissue greater on the left than the right is seen. This was seen on the prior study as well."

Is it normal to actually see lymph nodes on mammography films? Thanks.
Sandra from WI - 12/1/09-IDC, 1.4cm w/DCIS/ALH close to margin. Tumor poorly differentiated w/ comedo necrosis. Stage 1, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Her2++++ Dx 12/1/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 20, 2007 04:21PM awb wrote:

I think it is pretty common to be able to see some of the lymph nodes on mammogram. The whole report sounds very benign--good news!!!! You may want to think bout going to a facility which offers digital mammograms when your next one is due, as they reportedly are better for women with dense breast tissue.

"I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future" Dx 9/5/2003, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes Surgery 09/15/2003 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast Hormonal Therapy 10/29/2003 Tamoxifen in pill form (brand names: Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone, class: selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM)) Surgery 04/04/2005 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Hormonal Therapy 02/27/2009 Evista (chemical name: raloxifene, class: selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM))
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Apr 20, 2007 09:39PM Tamodeez wrote:

I also have dense breasts and just had a MRI to make sure nothing small was hiding. My MRI came back normal and even though it took over a week to get the results, I'm happy I had it done. I would recommend that you get a digital mammogram and maybe an MRI wtih dense breasts.