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shadow with feelers

Hi, my 69 year old mother had a mammogram and went back for more views of her right breast.  These images have now been sent to a specialist.  She will be having a needle biopsy performed.  What is confusing to her and myself is that they are telling her there is a shadow on the images with feelers.  What does that mean?  I can't find any research that mentions "feelers".  She has no pain and she has no discharge.  She has a mammogram performed every year and her last one was clear so hopefully if this is anything it was caught early.  If you have any information regarding "a shadow with feelers" my mom and I would be so grateful.

Thank you!  
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Dear curious783:  The only thing we can speculate from this description (as this is not technical terminology) is that she has a spiculated mass on mammography (the technical term).  A spiculated mass means that the edges are not smooth and there are parts of it that may appear on film to reach out like points on a star.  A spiculated mass is more suspicious than a smooth edged mass.   Just a guess.  She should talk with her doctor for precise clarification.
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