Rationale and objectives: Breast calcifications seen on mammography may be associated with benign conditions or malignancies. Accurate characterization of these calcifications is crucial to providing optimal care that may spare women unnecessary biopsies and appropriately allow interval mammography. The purpose of this study is to determine if consensus characterization of calcifications by two breast imaging experts using standardized criteria can establish that follow-up is a safe option. Materials and methods: For this retrospective study, our breast imaging database was reviewed and the cases imaged between the years and were used to identify patients with calcifications who were recommended for a six-month follow-up or biopsy. All cases had been prospectively assessed by at least two expert breast imagers using standardized features to assess the findings before a recommendation for follow-up or a biopsy was made.
The Radiology Assistant : Differential of Breast Calcifications
If your radiologist suspects that your breast calcifications are associated with precancerous changes or breast cancer, you may need to have another mammogram with magnification views to get a closer look at the calcifications. Or the radiologist may recommend a breast biopsy to test a sample of breast tissue. Your radiologist may request any prior mammogram images to compare and determine if the calcifications are new or have changed in number or pattern. If breast calcifications appear to be caused by a benign condition, your radiologist may recommend a six-month follow-up for another mammogram with magnification views. The radiologist checks the images for changes in the shape, size and number of calcifications or whether they remain unchanged. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.
A diagnostic strategy for breast calcifications based on a long-term follow-up of 615 lesions
Amie is a freelance writer living in Warwick, NY, with her husband and 3 children. Her interests include cooking, fashion, and beauty. Your mammogram revealed "suspicious" microcalcifications and a stereotactic biopsy may have been recommended. It can be scary, but remember, investigation is a good thing! If you are reading this article, it is most likely either because you have had a recent mammogram showing microcalcifications of the breast, or because someone you know or love has.
It happens to some women. A mammogram comes back and the woman suddenly becomes overwhelmed with anxiety, as there is a report of calcifications in one or both breasts. The next thing can be worry, as she anxiously waits for the next step.