Types of Calcifications of the Breast

  • Screening mammography:
    • Is important in identifying breast cancer at an early stage:
  • Calcifications have many forms:
    • The characteristics of the calcifications help identify whether they are associated with a benign or malignant process:
      • Smooth, round, large and layering calcium:
        • Are generally associated with benign findings
      • Fine, irregular, punctate, linear and branching, and pleomorphic calcifications:
        • Are characteristics generally associated with malignant findings
  • Magnification views of the calcifications:
    • Are essential in helping to evaluate the calcifications to determine the appearance and to be able to accurately interpret the findings
  • References:
    • Brant W, Helms C. Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology, 5th Edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2019
    • Baldwin P. Breast calcification imaging. Radiol Technol. 2013;84(4):383M-404M.

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