Posted by Diane Campbell. When you look at mammography or ultrasound images, you might wonder how radiologists make any sense of them. How can they identify potential cancers in those Rorschach tests of gray and white? Calcifications , which show up as white spots on a mammogram, are divided into two main categories: microcalcifications and macrocalcifications. Macrocalcifications are typically the result of benign processes and do not require biopsy.
Women getting their routine mammogram will often receive a letter within 30 days saying the results were normal. However, getting called back after a screening mammogram is fairly common and can be scary. Getting that call does not mean you have breast cancer, but that the doctors have found something suspicious. If you get called back, it's usually within a week to take new pictures or get other tests.
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Ultrasound has multiple uses at various stages in the diagnosis of breast cancer. Ultrasound also has proven value inscreening for breast cancer, but for several reasons discussed below, ultrasound screening has limited use and acceptance at this time. Screening ultrasound for breast cancer detection is not in widespread use for several reasons. It is time consuming and highly operator-dependent.