Artifacts that mimic breast calcification

Artifacts that mimic breast calcification can arise from a number of sources. They include

  • on skin
    • from deodorants: most practices recommend that clients for mammography do not use deodorant or perfume on the day of the study for this reason. The residue from deodorant is a very fine, dense, misty  collection of axillary opacities that mimic very fine cutaneous calcifications. Most technologists will wipe the axilla down with a wet cloth and repeat the view. The artifact will be gone. In practice this very raelt presensta  diagnostic dilemma.
  • on film
    • from fingerprint artifact: in digital imaging this is not a problem. This used to be an issue in the days of film screen mammpography when indifferent handling in the darkroom could lead to a fingerprint on an image. Luckily a fingerprint looks like a fingerprint . Issues did arise when a portion of a print whorl appeared on an image. Luckily you could identify the culprit.

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Article Information

rID: 15015
System: Breast
Tags: cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Artifactual calcification on mammography
  • Artifactual calcification in breast

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