Some mammogram reports sent to women mention breast density. Your health care provider can also tell you if your mammogram shows that you have dense breasts. In some states, women whose mammograms show heterogenously dense or extremely dense breasts must be told that they have dense breasts in the summary of the mammogram report that is sent to patients sometimes called the lay summary. The language used is mandated by each law, and may say something like this: Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal.
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Breast Cancer Tumors: Difference Between Cancerous and Benign Masses
Application of a standard terminology related to US, as indicated by the BI-RADS lexicon, should ensure uniformity of interpretation and consequently an appropriate management of diagnostic US findings follow-up or ascertainment . Simple cysts and some specific solid lesions have pathognomonic characteristics, so the diagnosis of benign disease is easy and also BI-RADS classification in Category 2. However, in most solid lesions, the diagnosis of probably benign lesion is based on the exclusion of suspicious signs but also on the confirmation of certain parameters showing benign lesions such as: If there are no clearly suspicious signs, but the signs of a benign lesion as mentioned above are not certain, the lesion should be classified as BI-RADS category 4a and biopsy should be performed . A standard examination carried out by experienced operators using equipment of the latest technology has shown an elevated degree of sensitivity and specificity due to the possibility of compound and harmonic imaging which improves the visibility of the margins and the echostructure of the lesion . Technological progress has also over the years provided software that allows second-level evaluation, which can further improve a non-invasive diagnostic approach in order to avoid an excessive use of biopsy as a definitive diagnostic tool. US contrast agents do not seem to be widely used, also due to the high cost involved; their use seems to be more appropriate particularly in the study of breast lesions undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy in order to document the response to treatment [11—13] rather than in the differentiation between benign and malignant lesions and in the detection of small impalpable lesions.
Septated breast cyst identified in left breast. Is it breast cancer?
Masses due to cystic lesions of the breast are extremely common findings on mammography, ultrasonography, and magnetic resonance MR imaging. Although many of these lesions can be dismissed as benign simple cysts, requiring intervention only for symptomatic relief, complex cystic and solid masses require biopsy. Perhaps the most challenging are complicated cysts, that is, cysts with internal debris. When the debris is mobile or a fluid-debris level is seen, complicated cysts can be dismissed as benign.
Sign up now Dense breast tissue: What it means to have dense breasts Dense breast tissue is detected on a mammogram. Additional imaging tests are sometimes recommended for women with dense breasts.