Topic: Interpreting Mammograms: Assymetry

Forum: Not Diagnosed But Worried — For those who are experiencing symptoms or received concerning test results, but haven't been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 05:49AM

Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 05:49AM

djmammo wrote:

from the American College of Radiology's Breast Imaging Boot Camp

(some of the terms used are those taught by the famous lecturer and researcher Lazlo Tabar, MD)


Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist specializing in Breast Imaging. Contact me at DJMammo@gmail.com
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Aug 14, 2020 09:02AM - edited Aug 14, 2020 09:12AM by ResiliencePersonified

It was prettystinkinscared. There is an option right in settings for those who choose to. I was given that name by my therapist on Wednesday, and chose to change it to a more positive name. No other reason than that! Thanks for asking. And the only reason I asked was because I looked at his name and thought it said his most recent activity was yesterday. I am waiting on them to get back to me still. And it isn’t like I was trying to come in brand new under a different name. I’m still posting my updates under my original post so there’s nothing I’m doing that is questionable. I spoke with the very kind moderators about it first and they were very positive about it.

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Sep 12, 2020 06:35PM Nadeybelle wrote:

I got a call back reporting focal asymmetry not readily classifiable as benign. This was a 3D mammo. I have read that there are less call backs from these machines. This makes me worry that it’s cancer, since it can see things much better. I mean, why else would they call me back?What is the % is would be?

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Sep 12, 2020 07:57PM beesie.is.out-of-office wrote:

Nadeybelle, yes, there are fewer unnecessary callbacks with 3D mammos, but there still are lots of them. In the past 95% of callbacks did not result in a diagnosis of cancer. I don't know what the percent is now, but I'd guess it's still at least 80%-85%.

Radiologists err on the side of caution. Anything that can't immediately be identified as being benign warrants a call back. Anything that has just a 2% risk of being cancer warrants a biopsy.

Asymmetry can be a sign of breast cancer. But most often, asymmetry turns out to be nothing at all. It could just be the way your breast was squished in the mammogram machine.

Take a look at this recent thread:

Topic: Asymmetry on CC view of 3D screening mammogram https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/83/topics...




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Sep 13, 2020 01:05PM Nadeybelle wrote:

Beesie, Thank you.

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Sep 15, 2020 09:37AM Nadeybelle wrote:

Bessie, I did want to post the findings of my diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound yesterday. The doctor was so awesome. He said the word benign first, then said its 2 tiny nodes and he had to be sure they were just nodes. He had no previous scans to compare to, so it wasn’t easy. I go back in 6 months for ultrasound follow up but I don’t know why. Maybe it’s routine so he has something Moreto compare next year.

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Sep 15, 2020 04:13PM moderators wrote:

Nadeybelle -- that's great news! Keep us posted how things go with your 6 month follow up.

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Jun 8, 2021 11:01PM Arielmc wrote:

I just got this and am confused by it's vagueness...

I can't wait to post that it's nothing in 10 days when i get follpw-up. I have had biopsy before in left breast, but there's no mention of the chip and i believe it was in another area of breast.

FILMS COMPARED:

The present examination has been compared to prior imaging studies.

TECHNIQUE:

The following 3D digital breast tomosynthesis with 2D composite views were obtained: bilateral

craniocaudal with tomosynthesis and mediolateral oblique with tomosynthesis.

Computer-aided detection was utilized by the radiologist in the interpretation of this examination.

MAMMOGRAM FINDINGS:

The breast tissue is heterogeneously dense, which may obscure detection of small masses (density C).

Finding 1: There is an asymmetry seen in the central region of the left breast at posterior depth.

Finding 2: There is an asymmetry seen in the lateral aspect of the right breast at middle depth.

IMPRESSION:

Finding 1: Asymmetry in the central region of the left breast at posterior depth requires

additional evaluation. Recommend additional 3D tomosynthesis mammographic projections and, if

indicated, breast ultrasound.

Finding 2: Asymmetry in the lateral aspect of the right breast at middle depth requires additional

evaluation. Recommend additional 3D tomosynthesis mammographic projections and, if indicated, breast

ultrasound.

Based on a modified IBIS risk calculator, this patient has an approximate 18% lifetime risk of

developing breast cancer.

BI-RADS Category 0:

Incomplete: Needs Additional Imaging Evaluation

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Jul 6, 2022 12:00AM mamahope wrote:

Is asymmetry density and architectural distortion normal 7 months after lumpectomy?

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Jul 6, 2022 07:52AM moderators wrote:

Hi mamahope, and welcome to Breastcancer.org! We hope you find our Community to be a supportive place.

This thread has been inactive since June 2021, so we would suggest you start your own new topic in some of the forums you'll find in the All Topics page. If you have already been diagnosed, the best place for that would be the Not Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastases but Concerned forum. Please, let us know what's your particular situation and we'll guide you!

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