Carcinoma left breast - temporal evolution

Case contributed by Dr Garth Kruger


Mass lesion, left breast.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female

Current study

Central spiculated mass. 


Two years prior from current

Central density is less apparent. 


Three years prior to current

No convincing lesion. 

Case Discussion

To find subtle changes, use the oldest previous, not the most recent previous for comparison. Check your PACS settings and change them if necessary. Cancers generally (but not always) change with time. Use this fact to best advantage by comparing with the oldest study you have.

If you are reading digital images, use the oldest digital images. If you read analog, use the oldest analog images. If you are comparing digital with analog, good luck.

If you look at oldest and newest, the lesion jumps out at you. If you glance oldest and 2 year prior you may let the change slip by. Read your screening studies in batches in an uninterrupted phoneless environment.

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Case information

rID: 31953
Published: 8th Nov 2014
Last edited: 6th May 2020
System: Oncology, Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included