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Do You Know Your BI-RADS Score?

Mammograms are an essential part of breast health.  Getting them regularly ensures your breasts are being monitored for any irregularities and or abnormalities, but did you know you are given a number “score” for breast health during your mammogram? Doctors use a system called Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System or BI-RADS and it’s how Mammographyphysicians describe and interpret mammogram findings and results.  The system sorts the results into categories numbered 0 through 6 with each number representing a different type of finding.

So, do you know your BI-RADS score?  The chart below breaks down how the system works and what each number means. 

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So if you were to get a score of 1-3, you are probably in good shape.  You might need follow-up tests to monitor something over time, but generally a score of 1-3 is a good thing. If your score is a 4 or 5, you need to set up a biopsy and have it tested along with a surgical consultation to discuss your options in case surgery is needed. The good news, if you end up with a score higher than 4 and need surgery, is Previty is doing some amazing things in the way of breast conservation surgery.  Previty Clinic is the FIRST Center of Excellence in Texas for the Hidden Scar™ skin, nipple, areola-sparing mastectomy. hiddenscar_lumpectomy-rgb-e1439496163798It’s A surgical approach that puts incisions in inconspicuous areas; under the arm, under the breast and/or around the areola.  If you are a candidate for this type of surgery, you can not only keep your breasts, but have little to NO VISIBLE scars! Amazing, right?  Treat the cancer and keep yourconfidence!  Knowing your options is part of having a successful outcomes.  Know your options and know your BI-RADS score!

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