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Diffuse Distribution of Calcifications
Nicole S. Winkler, MD; Wendie A. Berg, MD, PhD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Diagnostic Checklist

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Synonyms

              • Scattered calcifications (Ca⁺⁺)
            • Definitions

              • Ca⁺⁺ distributed randomly throughout one or both breasts
              • Areas of random grouping or regional areas of high Ca⁺⁺ concentration likely; bilateral distribution pattern favors benign entities

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • Mammographic Findings

                • Imaging Recommendations

                  DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                    PATHOLOGY

                    • General Features

                      CLINICAL ISSUES

                      • Presentation

                        • Natural History & Prognosis

                          DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                          • Image Interpretation Pearls

                            Selected References

                            1. Falkner NM et al: Added value of second biopsy target in screen-detected widespread suspicious breast calcifications. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 62(3):299-306, 2018
                            2. Graf O et al: Large rodlike calcifications at mammography: analysis of morphologic features. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 200(2):299-303, 2013
                            3. Sickles EA et al: Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System: BI-RADS, Mammography. 5th ed. Reston: American College of Radiology, 2013
                            4. Barreau B et al: Mammography of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast: review of 909 cases with radiographic-pathologic correlations. Eur J Radiol. 54(1):55-61, 2005
                            5. Picca DA et al: Calcifications in the breast: Radiologic perspective. Appl Radiol. 29-37, 2003
                            6. Stucker DT et al: New bilateral microcalcifications at mammography in a postlactational woman: case report. Radiology. 217(1):247-50, 2000
                            7. Sickles EA: Breast calcifications: mammographic evaluation. Radiology. 160(2):289-93, 1986
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                            KEY FACTS

                            • Terminology

                              • Imaging

                                • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                  • Pathology

                                    • Diagnostic Checklist

                                      TERMINOLOGY

                                      • Synonyms

                                        • Scattered calcifications (Ca⁺⁺)
                                      • Definitions

                                        • Ca⁺⁺ distributed randomly throughout one or both breasts
                                        • Areas of random grouping or regional areas of high Ca⁺⁺ concentration likely; bilateral distribution pattern favors benign entities

                                      IMAGING

                                      • General Features

                                        • Mammographic Findings

                                          • Imaging Recommendations

                                            DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                              PATHOLOGY

                                              • General Features

                                                CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                • Presentation

                                                  • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                    DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                    • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                      Selected References

                                                      1. Falkner NM et al: Added value of second biopsy target in screen-detected widespread suspicious breast calcifications. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 62(3):299-306, 2018
                                                      2. Graf O et al: Large rodlike calcifications at mammography: analysis of morphologic features. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 200(2):299-303, 2013
                                                      3. Sickles EA et al: Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System: BI-RADS, Mammography. 5th ed. Reston: American College of Radiology, 2013
                                                      4. Barreau B et al: Mammography of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast: review of 909 cases with radiographic-pathologic correlations. Eur J Radiol. 54(1):55-61, 2005
                                                      5. Picca DA et al: Calcifications in the breast: Radiologic perspective. Appl Radiol. 29-37, 2003
                                                      6. Stucker DT et al: New bilateral microcalcifications at mammography in a postlactational woman: case report. Radiology. 217(1):247-50, 2000
                                                      7. Sickles EA: Breast calcifications: mammographic evaluation. Radiology. 160(2):289-93, 1986