i posted a question last week titled "38 yrs old and scared". anyhow, i went for the breast MRI yesterday afternoon. My mammogram radiologist suggested i have it because my mother and maternal grandmother both had BC in their 60's... i am 38 yrs old, no kids by choice, started my period at age 11. i had my first baseline mammogram this year and it said:
There are scattered fibroglandular densities. No suspicious masses or calcifications. There are a few benign appearing calcifications. ASSESSMENT BiRads 2 - Benign. RECCOMENDATION: Breast MRI. Because of patient's lifetime breast cancer risk is greater then 20%, breast MRI could be considered for further evaluaton. Routine screening mammogram.
anyhow, like i said i went for the breast MRI yesterday afternoon and am sooooo nervous waiting for the results. i know the MRI is much more sensitive and can have false positives and i am having a hard time relaxing. SHOULD I BE WORRIED AT ALL that i may have BC that the MRI detected and the mammogram did not?? i am so filled with worry it's hard to concentrate on daily routines and tasks... =( the imaging center said the results could be sent to the doctor with a couple days to the beginning of next week depending on when they are read... **Does anyone know what percentage of MRI's are normal or abnormal in women with a normal mammogram??
I certainly understand your anxiety waiting for the MRI results.We all go through this terrible stress and I wish I had the answers for you.But since your Mammogram stated benign findings (Category 2) I personally believe that the odds are really in your favor that your MRI results will also state the same.
Just hang in there,try to distract yourself and not to worry too much...Things might turn out just fine.
Best of luck to you!
thanks.... i called the doctor earlier to call me when the results are in. they called me in the afternoon and said they were not in. i called the MRI place (at the hospital) and asked if i could pick up the report when it was in. i gave them my name and they said it was not read yet. they said when it is in they could fax it to me!! i can call tomorrow, or every day and if it is in they are able and willing to fax it to me... ok, does anyone know how the results are told? will it be easy to find out the bottomline like a mammogram report?? i am and WILL BE SO NERVOUS as the fax is coming through...ugh... i hope i don't faint!!
In my opinion, reading your MRI report,will probably scare you because radiologist use complex language that is very difficult to understand.
The best thing to do is to discuss the MRI findings with your doctor. He/ she can explain both what the findings mean, and whether or not the findings are significant.
The most important thing,is knowing your BIRADS score which will be added on your report.There are also recommendations made and I am sure your doctor will be your best source of information regarding what needs to be done next.
Yes, the BIRADS control system is the same and is used by radiologists after interpreting mammograms,ultrasound and MRIs.
I truly hope that your MRI BIRADS score will be the same as the one on your mammogram report..
MRI of the breast is a very sensitive test,offering valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.
It can identify early breast abnormalities not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for the disease.
I guess the BIRADS score could change but ,as I mentioned before,I think it's unlikely in your case, since your mammogram showed a benign finding with a BIRADS score 2.
I really wish I could help you more to allay your anxiety,but until your MRI report is in,no one can tell for sure if the score will change or not.
I could say don't worry, but that will be as useful as selling ice to Eskimos as we have been there ourselves at one point or another
As to the results, no matter how great the temptation, I do strongly suggest that you don't get results read over the phone. That kind of situation will only add to your anxiety as when under stress, our brains I swear seem to turn into these pots with several huge holes in them in which any words read out will tend to mimic the sand and flow away. and that isn't a healthy position to be in at all.
I do remember the rough journey you went on with your mother, and my concern here is that this can't but help bring forth all those memories to the front of your memory - unfortunately has identified that the pain is understandably quite fresh and is helping to expand your fears.
If your anxiety is gaining ground, please get this checked out as there is only so much we can do to help with pain and fear that would naturally appears after such an event.
As to the results themselves, I assure you will be just fine as the odds really are strongly in you favor
thank you all... yes, i am going to counseling once a week. i've had an anxiety disorder (over worry about my health) my whole life so this situation plays right into my fears. anyhow, i called the MRI dept at the hospital and talked to a really nice guy. he told me it was not read yet but the main guy who reads them will be in tomorrow morning and he put a "stat" on my mri so hopefully it will be read sometime in the morning!! he told me to call back around 11 tomorrow morning. he also said that if the tech seen something on the MRI when it was being read she would have sent for a radiologist and i probably would have heard something by now. when i was leaving the tech told me 'you will be fine'. ugh...i hope this stuff is true! i need to relax my brain!!!! i will for sure update this thread when i get the results to tell you guys and also anyone in the future who may be going through something similar to what i'm going through...
Hi, unfortunately I'm going through a similar situation. My mother, maternal aunt and grandmother had breast cancer. My mother was diagnosed in 2009 she had a bilateral mastectomy, chemo, an radiation. Thank God she is ok now. I started getting mammoths at 36 when she was diagnosed. Well in Feb I had my mammo and right then they wanted to do an U/S. That showed a need for a breast biopsy, it came back atipical lobular hyperplasia. I was referred to a breast surgeon and she suggested a lumpectomy due to my family history. However she ordered a mri a well. Wow that was no fun!! I had mine Tue 3-26, well I receive the results an I had to have a bilateral sonogram today. It showed 2 suspicious areas on my left breast and 1 on my right. Now I hv to hv 3 more biopsies. I wish you luck and I truly understand the anxiety. I will be thinking of you :)
thank you all! seearyder i wish the best for you... i will say a prayer that all will be ok.
i called the MRI hospital and they said my results were read. i asked them to fac them and they now said they could not do that. they could send them to my doctor or i could pick them up. so...i jumped in my car and flew down there so nervous. the lady handed them to me and they said:
right breast: the right breast parenchyma is a mixture of fat and glandular tissue. no mass or suspicious areas of contrast enhancement are identified.
BI-RAD categorey: 1 - negative
left breast: the left breast parenchyma is a mixture of fat and glandular tissue. no mass or suspicious ares of contrast enhancement are identified.
BI-RAD CATEGORY: 1 - negative
CONCLUSION: no evidence of malignacy in either breast.
i feel so relieved! my mammogram Birad was a 2 ad my MRI Birad is a 1. again, thank you all for your kind words and advice!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!! =)
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