BI-RADS 3 Question

Posted by katrina123 @katrina123, Oct 11 1:07pm

A couple of days ago I had a mammogram and an ultrasound. It has been 6 months since my breast radiation. The doctor on the spot said that my images looked normal but then yesterday when I pulled up the details on the internet it said that the images were Birads 3. I was just wondering if is normal to be rated this way after a lumpectomy and radiation. I was so glad that my images looked normal and now I am concerned with the Birads 3 diagnosis.
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katrina123

@katrina123
It was told to me by the radiologist that sometimes one gets fat necrosis following breast surgery or radiation. I wound up having a mammogram about 2 months following radiation and then 6 months after that to be sure all was well. However, if you have any concern, I would advise you to speak to either your oncologist or regular doctor and talk with them about doing breast MRI.

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Thank you trixie for your response. Do you happen to know what your birads number was for your mammogram after radiation? I was just curious if it is common for breast cancer patients to have this birads 3 number after radiation and a lumpectomy.
The radiologist has asked that I have an MRI in February and another Mammogram and Ultrasound in April. I have sent my oncologist an e-mail concerning the birads number
Thanks again
katrina123

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@katrina123

Thank you trixie for your response. Do you happen to know what your birads number was for your mammogram after radiation? I was just curious if it is common for breast cancer patients to have this birads 3 number after radiation and a lumpectomy.
The radiologist has asked that I have an MRI in February and another Mammogram and Ultrasound in April. I have sent my oncologist an e-mail concerning the birads number
Thanks again
katrina123

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@katrina123
This was from my report: "BI-RADS 3 – Probably Benign. Recommend follow-up examination in 6 months." Because my second cancer lesion was "neuroendocrine differentiation," they follow up on me more than the usual follow up as it is highly rare beginning in the breast. It sounds like your radiologist is on top of this.

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I'd also like to bring @annac3 and @icya2282 into this discussion.

@katrina123, you might find this explanation about Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System or BI-RADS from the American Cancer Society helpful.
– What is a BI-RADS assessment category? https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/mammograms/understanding-your-mammogram-report.html

I agree with Trixie that it sounds like your radiologist is on top of things. The BI-RAD categories are used so that everyone is using the same evaluation criteria.

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