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Chest CT can't replace screening mammogram


Last updated 10/27/2020 at 4:10pm

DEAR DOCTOR: I am due to have a mammogram in July, but around the same time I am supposed to have a chest CT as a follow-up to my chondrosarcoma cancer. I have a CT every other year, and an X-ray on the opposite years of both my affected arm and my lungs. Does a chest CT have the potential of showing a similar finding as a mammogram? I would just as soon not have to expose myself to so much radiation all in one month. I'm 66. There is a history of postmenopausal breast cancer in my family, in my mother's mother. -- T.M.H.

ANSWER: A mammogram is an X-ray that is designed specifically to look...

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