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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I had a mammogram screening and they said that I have to go have a diagnostic. When I had the diagnoistic they said the mass disappeared without treatment. Is this so? Can a mass disappear?
This can absolutely happen. When mammograms are done, the breast is compressed to some degree. If an abnormality is detected, it could be a real mass or it could be breast tissue that has not been completely compressed and so looks like a mass. Additional images that further compress the tissue may make the mass disappear.
Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University