I got my MRI report.. can anyone decipher??

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Nxrcks
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   Posted 8/29/2005 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys...
 
I finally went to pick up my MRI films, and the report was included I figured someone here might be able to put all of this in normal english! so here it is....
 
" routine multiplanar imaging of the left breast was performed at 1.5 tesla both before anf after the administaration of intravenous gadolinium. Comparison is made with a recent mammogram of 7/27/05."
 
" there is a mild prominevce of residual fibroglandular tissue within the left breast. On the post gadolinium images, there is an irregular focus of gadolinium contrast enhancement measuring approximately 2cm in size deep within the upper outer quadrant of the left breast, which is felt to correspond in size and location to the new density seen on the recent mammogram. Although progressive contrast enhancement is demonstated on the MRI study, the irregular apperance of the enhancing abnormalities and the fact that it is new when compared with previous mammography are finding suspicious for malignancy. Surgical consultation is recommended. No other abnormal foci of gadolinium contast enhancement are identified in the left breast."
 
Impression:
Category 4: suspicious abnormality. Biopsy should be considered. There is irregular gadolinium enhancement associated with the new density deep within the the upper outer quadrant of the left breast on this MRI study, and the findings are suspicious for malignancy. Surgical consultation and biopsy are recommended. Because of the size of the area, surgical biopsy is recommended rather than sterotatic core biopsy. Because the MRI findings correspond to the abnormality on the mammogram, localization could be done mammographically.
 
Soooo in english what does this all mean, I really wish my Dr could have sat me done to explain this.. But she is too busy deliviering babies to calm me down.. I thank you all in advance for your help!
 
Danielle

Brnadebt
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   Posted 8/29/2005 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Danielle

It sounds as though they have found a lmp that they need to determine if it is cancerous or not. Trust me all of us here have been through the same thing. Dont get too upset 80% of lumps found are non cancerous. They will schedule you for a biopsy and then they can tell you for sure. Can you feel anything? or did a mammo catch it? Keep us posted we care.
Hugs:)
Bernadette


Tavish
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   Posted 8/29/2005 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I am far from a medical person...but as best as I can tell, gadolinum was a radioactive material injected through an IV to get a better look at things. After (post) injection, they were able to see an area of concern which is consistent with the mammogram finding...but this may tell them more than the mammo can tell. They are concerned it might be malignant and are recommending removing the area, as opposed to just doing a needle biopsy.

My cancer was category 5 on the ultrasound, which was highly suspicious of malignancy... so 4 sounds like a concern but not sure what it is. Definitely follow up with the doctor and keep us posted. We'll all be here for you and will hold your hand while you wait.
L&H,
Lori


debbiR
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   Posted 8/29/2005 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Danielle! The other ladies have hit the nail on the head. Do you have an appointment w/ a surgeon yet? We have all been right where you are now so don't feel like you are alone. Keep us informed as you get your appts set. We are here if you need us.

Hugs..Deb


 


Nxrcks
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   Posted 8/30/2005 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you.. I have an appt. with the surgeon on Thurs. at 4:00... this is the hardest thing that I have ever delt with.. watching my Mom go through this was enough for me... I will keep you all posted, and Thanks again for your help!

Danielle

gma
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   Posted 8/30/2005 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Danielle, relax, please. Until you have a biopsy you won't know anything for sure, so there is no sense worrying about it all now. The biopsy is very simple surgery and will not be traumatic. After you get back your pathology report and know what you are dealing with you may have decisions to make. But the important part is to have the pathology report. Even if there is a malignancy, there is no need to panic, because there are many differences which indicate which path to take. A low grade, early cancer can be easily dealt with. More agressive cancers require more aggressive treatment. So just calm down as much as you can and don't worry until you know you really have something to worry about. We are here to hold your hand and help. I realize watching you mom was difficult. My daughter also was diagnosed with breast cancer and believe me it was much worse for me dealing with hers than mine. She is doing fine just like I am. We are at nearly nine years and over six years out from diagnosis. Hugs, MK

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