Approach to Calcifications

  • Radhakrishna Selvi


Calcifications in the breast are encountered very commonly on mammography. The vast majority of calcifications are due to benign causes. However some benign calcifications can mimic malignant calcifications and vice versa, and it becomes difficult to differentiate between the two (sometimes, malignant calcifications can appear relatively benign). It is extremely important to differentiate malignant calcifications from benign, as malignant microcalcifications are usually the only findings on a mammogram in women with ductal carcinoma in situ.


Dystrophic Calcification Fibrocystic Change Tangential View Breast Calcification Comedo Necrosis 
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© Springer India 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Radhakrishna Selvi
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  1. 1.Chennai Breast CentreChennaiIndia

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