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Radiation-Emitting Products

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What assessment category should be used for post lumpectomy patients, whose mammograms are otherwise negative?

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In the case described, the results could be categorized as either “negative” or “benign.” Where appropriate, qualifying statements such as “post surgical changes noted” may be added. The regulations require that each mammography report contain one of the six overall assessment categories. The decision as to which category to assign is left to the interpreting physician.

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