Microcalcification

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MxMom567
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   Posted 3/23/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I went the other day for my annual mammogram.  I have had one b4.  They called me the next day and said I needed to come in becuz it showed microcalcifications.  I go on Thursday morning.  I know they did used the digital machine.  Can someone tell me what I can expect at that appointment.

barkyboys
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   Posted 3/23/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
It really depends on where you are going for the appointment. If you are going to a breast center, they could be doing lots of different things. First, they will want to get a better look at the microcalcifications. They will typically do compression views, which are a bit like a "mini-mammogram" over a specific part of the breast. It gives them a clearer picture of the calcifications. If the calcifications are new, and the compression views do not look suspicious, then they may just ask you to come back in 6 months so they can see if there are any changes. Lots of women have microcalcifications and never have breast cancer. They are very common. But sometimes the calcifications will form a cluster, and the edges of the calcifications will be irregular in shape. This can be an indication of a very early stage of breast cancer, called "in situ" cancer. If this is what shows up, then at a breast center, they may want to do a biopsy, as well, where they would take a sample of the calicificate area to look for cancer cells. You could always opt to talk to your doctor about having a surgical biopsy instead.

We'll all be hoping here that it is nothing, and they are just getting a better view to compare future mammograms to. Good luck tomorrow! Hope this helps.

Hugs...
BEV
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MxMom567
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   Posted 3/25/2010 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bev for replying. I think everything went well. They did compression views and the radiologist looked them over and then I was sent home. I think that is a good sign. I see my ob/gyn on April 8th. In 2007 when I had my baseline mammo I had to go back and after compression views they walked me over to have an ultrasound right away. Then had to see a cancer specialist. Everything was just fine. I feel pretty confident everything is just fine this time. Guess I feel if they found something they didn't like the radiologist would have sent me for more tests right away.

barkyboys
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   Posted 3/26/2010 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree... that is a good sign that they sent you home! When you talk to you ob/gyn, I would ask if, next time, he (or she) could just order a "diagnostic mammo." Then they will look at everything they need to look at right then and there, rather than doing callbacks and leaving you to sit on pins and needles in the meantime! Thanks for reporting back... it's always nice to hear good news!

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BEV
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