Diagnostics for DCIS

DCIS generally does not form a growth palatable during breast examination. Mammography or some other form of non invasive imaging is needed to detect DCIS. The radiologists look for specks of calcium called calcifications or microcalcifications that appear either as white specks or as a shadow. Detecting this calcification can be a challenge especially in women with dense breasts.

Regulations about detecting and notifying women about dense breasts are now in place in many states. There are currently multiple approaches to detecting DCIS for women with various degrees of breast density for a definitive diagnosis: digital mammography, 3D mammography, ultrasound, MRIs, and molecular breast imaging are now available to pinpoint areas of DCIS. Once DCIS has been detecting through an imaging process, a biopsy is carried out.

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