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Question
Date of diagnosis/Ambiguous terminology--Breast: Can a mammogram BIRADS 4 or 5 assessment be used to assess reportability and can the date of the mammogram be used to code the date of diagnosis? See Discussion.

Discussion
  1. Assessment: BIRADS category 4-suspicious. Findings are considered suspicious/indeterminate for malignancy
  2. Assessment: BIRADS 5- highly suspicious. Findings are highly suggestive of malignancy.
  3. Assessment: BIRADS 4- suspicious abnormality consider biopsy
Can the BIRADS number be used to assess reportability? Can a BIRADS assessment of “suspicious” be used to code the date of diagnosis?

Answer
BIRADS category 4 and category 5 mammograms are not to be interpreted as a reportable "malignancy" for cancer registry purposes nor are they to be used to code the date of diagnosis should the patient subsequently have a malignancy confirmed.

History


Last Updated
06/30/2014

Date Finalized
02/28/2014