Inflammatory breast disorders include a wide array of underlying causes, ranging from common benign infection, non-infectious inflammation and inflammation resulting from underlying breast malignancy. Because it is at times difficult to distinguish mastitis and breast cancer based on clinical features, awareness of detailed imaging features may be helpful for better management of inflammatory breast disorders. Therefore, this pictorial essay intends to demonstrate radiologic findings of a variety of inflammatory breast disorders, using selected cases with mammography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance images.
Mammography uses X-rays to create images of the breast. These images are called mammograms. Learn more about mammograms.
Skip Navigation. Not all women have calcifications in their breasts—but most do. These deposits show up as tiny white spots on a mammogram, and there may be only one or two, or too many to count, says Jay Baker, MDa breast imaging specialist at the Duke Cancer Center.
For most women, the results of a mammogram will be good news. The mammogram will show no sign of breast cancer. If your mammogram does show something abnormal, you will need follow-up tests to check whether or not the finding is breast cancer.
A mammogram image has a black background and shows the breast in variations of gray and white. Generally speaking, the denser the tissue, the whiter it appears. This may include normal tissue and glands, as well as areas of benign breast changes e.
The fear this sentence creates is real, but can be quieted by facts. Most abnormalities on a mammogram are NOT breast cancer. During a screening mammogram, the breast is X-rayed in two different positions: from top to bottom and from side to side.
Should a patient with breast pain and a normal mammogram also have a breast ultrasound examination? Unless the patient presents with multiple symptoms, such as nipple discharge or palpable concerns, research conducted at Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan suggests not. In a study published online in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology in January, radiologists reported that mammography alone effectively excluded malignancy in over women with isolated complaints of breast pain.
During fine-needle aspiration, a special needle is inserted into a breast lump, and any fluid is removed aspirated. Ultrasound — a procedure that uses sound waves to create images of your breast on a monitor — might be used to help place the needle. After discussing your symptoms and health history, your doctor will do a breast exam and may order a diagnostic mammogram or a breast ultrasound.