About Abnormal / Irregular Mammogram Results

abnormal mammogram

What is an abnormal mammogram?

Abnormal mammogram results occur when breast imaging detects an irregular area of the breast that has the potential to be malignant. This could come in the form of small white spots called calcifications, lumps or tumors called masses, and other suspicious areas. Generally, when mammography results detect an abnormality during a breast screening, they will notify the patient and ask that she come in for testing. Sometimes irregular mammograms are the result of a false-positive and are deemed to be non-cancerous. These situations are typically avoided by using high-resolution 3D mammography when screening for breast cancer. At PURE Mammography on Long Island, we pride ourselves on offering state-of-the-art 3D mammograms with high levels of accuracy.

Who is at risk for irregular mammogram results?

Abnormal mammogram results can occur in anyone but are most common in women between 40 and 75 years of age. Genetic predisposition or past irregular mammogram images may increase your potential for abnormal mammogram test results.

It is important to undergo regular mammogram screenings with trusted, certified specialists in breast imaging in order to detect an abnormality early.

What should I do if I have an abnormal mammogram?

Typically, after a mammogram, you will receive notice of a normal mammogram. But if doctors see something suspicious, they will notify you of abnormal mammogram results. At that point, you will be called back to take new pictures or to have further testing. Finding out that you need further testing can be scary and you may feel some anxiety, but it does not always indicate that cancer is present. Abnormal mammogram results could be due to a non-cancerous tumor, cyst, or dense breast tissue. Often, patients return for further testing and are found to be cancer-free.

Medical Arts Radiology has multiple women’s imaging sites across Long Island, including PURE Mammography. PURE provides the latest in mammogram technology and comfort, using 3D mammography and providing a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere. Expert specialists who are committed to patient comfort and care increase the likelihood that the first set of images will provide accurate results. However, if specialists find abnormal mammogram images, a patient may be called back to PURE or one of our other Medical Arts Radiology locations for further testing.

Having regular 3D mammograms performed by an experienced board-certified breast imaging specialist is the best way to detect abnormalities early. Visit PURE Mammography in Lake Grove today, no appointment necessary. You can also call 631-652-3424 or fill out the form on this page to pre-schedule an appointment or learn more about PURE.

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