Calcifications are small deposits of calcium that show up on mammograms as bright white specks or dots on the soft tissue background of the breasts. The calcium readily absorbs the X-rays from mammograms. Calcifications typically don't show up on ultrasounds, and they never show up on breast MRIs. Calcifications are a frequent finding on mammograms, and they are especially common after menopause. In most cases, the process is benign not associated with cancer.
Breast calcifications are small clusters of calcium deposits that develop in breast tissue, most commonly in women over They are too small to feel, but can show up on a mammogram as small, bright, white spots. While calcifications are usually harmless, they can be a sign that a woman is at risk for developing breast cancer and needs more testing. For instance, if the cluster of calcifications is tight or they are noted to present as lines of tiny calcifications, the radiologist may recommend additional mammogram images for further testing. The patient can talk to her doctor to learn more about her specific situation. It is not known what causes calcifications to develop in breast tissue, but they are not caused by eating too much calcium or taking too many calcium supplements.
Sometimes calcifications indicate breast cancer, such as ductal carcinoma in situ DCIS , but most calcifications result from noncancerous benign conditions. Products that contain radiopaque materials or metals, such as deodorants, creams or powders, may mimic calcifications on a mammogram, making it more difficult to interpret whether the calcifications are due to benign or cancerous changes. Because of this, skin products of any kind should not be worn during a mammogram. Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom.
Breast calcifications are small deposits of calcium in the breast tissue. They often show up in mammograms and are most common in women over Breast calcifications are typically noncancerous, or benign. However, some forms can occasionally indicate breast cancer. In this article, we look at the causes of breast calcifications, and we discuss what may happen if they show up on a screening test.