Benign Breast Lesions That Mimic Cancer: Determining Radiologic-Pathologic Concordance

Julia Mario, BA; Shambhavi Venkataraman, MD; Vandana Dialani, MD; Priscilla J. Slanetz MD, MPH


Appl Radiol. 2015;44(9):28-32. 

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Although breast cancer has characteristic imaging features, it is often difficult to diagnose cancer based on imaging alone and a biopsy is necessary for accurate diagnosis. The high incidence of benign breast conditions that mimic malignancy indicates that careful correlation between the radiologic and pathologic findings is needed. Familiarity with benign breast lesions increases radiologists' confidence after a core needle biopsy, allays patient fears, and prevents unnecessary surgical excision. Finally, the combination of multimodality imaging and assessment of the patient's risk factors and clinical presentation will ensure optimal patient care.