Suture calcification in breast

Dr Daniel J Bell and Radswiki et al.

Suture calcification in breast can be seen after a lumpectomy and/or radiation therapy. It is theorised that tissue damage from radiation therapy delays the resorption of the suture. The residual suture material is thought to act as a nidus for calcification.

Radiographic features


Sutural calcification may be seen as:

  • smooth, linear or curvilinear calcification forming loops
  • calcified knots: can be a characteristic feature
Breast imaging and pathology
Share article

Article information

rID: 13946
System: Breast
Tag: stub, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Suture calcifications in breast
  • Suture calcifications in breast tissue
  • Suture calcification in breast tissue
  • Sutural calcification in breast
  • Sutural calcification in the breast

Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads

Updating… Please wait.

Alert accept

Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.