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Diagnostic mammogram's and other breast imaging questions.
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2/14/2018I AM 41 WITH 2 PRIOR 2D MAMMOS, COMPLETELY NORMAL. I HAD MY 3RD LAST WEEK AND WAS ABLE TO DO COMBO 2D/3D. "AT THE JUNCTION OF THE MIDDLE/POSTERIOR THIRD INFERIOR RIGHT BREAST, APPROX 4.5 CM BEHIND THE NIPPLE ON THE MLOID VIEW, THERE IS A 1 CM ASYMMETRY. NO SUSPICIOUS FINDINGS ARE PRESENT IN THE LEFT BREAST. THE BREASTS ARE HETEROGENEOUDLY DENSE'" I AM TOLD THAT MY MATERNAL GRANDMA, WHOM I NEVER MET, WAS DIAGNOSED AT 50 WITH BREAST CA AND PASSED AWAY AT 52 D/T THE BREAST CA. COULD THE 1 CM ASYMMETRY HAVE BEEN THERE ALL ALONG AND WE ARE JUST NOW SEEING BECAUSE OF THE 3D MAMMO BEING AVAILABLE IN COMBO WITH 2D INSTEAD OF JUST THE 2D? I AM NOT FREAKED OUT AS I DO BELIEVE IT IS PROBABLY JUST OVERLAPPING TISSUE BUT AM CURIOUS AS TO YOUR THOUGHTS. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
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2/15/2018Asymmetry just means that compared with the same area of the opposite breast, things look differently. Many women have asymmetrical areas in their breasts, and we will call these patients back for additional imaging to be sure it is nothing. Dense breasts means that there is more breast tissue than fat and this can make it harder for mammograms to see through. Many women have dense breasts and we will call them back as well for additional imaging. It's true that 3D mammograms can see more than 2D.

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