Breast Imaging

Your Report


At LHA, we pride ourselves on knowledge and the power that gives both you and your physicians. After your tests, you will receive a Breast Imaging Report with a BI-RADS score. BI-RADS stands for Breast Imaging Reporting & Data System. As part of your report, the BI-RADS system was developed by American college of radiology for reporting mammogram results using one common language. Your radiologist will assign a BI-RADS score, a number from 0 to 6, and each digit will represent or identify the extent of your diagnosis.

  • If your BI-RADS result is a 0, this concludes that the mammogram studyincomplete and furtherevaluation is needed.
  • A BI-RADS 1 means that the mammogram was negative (no cancer) and that you should continue your routine annual screening.
  • BI-RADS 2 also means that your mammogram was normal (ie, no cancer), but other findings (eg, cysts) are described in the report.
  • BI-RADS 3 means that your mammogram has a finding that is probably benign (not cancer) but a repeat mammogram should be completed in 6 months. The chance of breast cancer is approximately 2% in this category.
  • BI-RADS 4 means that the findings on your mammogram are suspicious and that there is approximately a 23% to 34% chance that this is breast cancer. Further testing, starting with a biopsy is needed for further diagnosis.
  • BI-RADS 5 means that your mammogram results are highly suspicious with a 95% chance of breast cancer. You will need to have a biopsy for diagnosis.
  • BI-RADS 6 means that you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer. Discuss your treatment plan with your doctors.

Your BI-RADS number helps make sure that you get proper follow-up after your mammogram. It is a good thing for you to know that score so you can keep track of what you need to do and actively participate in your medical care.