Scott, R, Lyburn, I, Cornford, E, Bouzy, P, Stone, N, Greenwood, CE, Bouybayoune, I, Pinder, S and Rogers, K (2022) Breast calcification micromorphology classification. British Journal of Radiology (202204). 1- 3. ISSN 0007-1285

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OBJECTIVES: The importance of consistent terminology in describing the appearance of breast calcifications in mammography is well recognised. Imaging of calcifications using electron microscopy is a globally growing field of research. We therefore suggest that the time is ripe to develop a lexicon of terms for classifying the micromorphology of breast calcifications. METHODS: Calcifications within a wide range of histological sections of breast tissue, both benign and malignant, were imaged by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). These images were examined, and the micromorphology of calcifications present was grouped to create a classification system. RESULTS: Based on the appearance of the calcifications observed, we propose five main categories for classification of the micromorphology of breast calcifications, namely, Dense Homogenous, Punctulate, Banded, Spongy and Aggregate. CONCLUSIONS: Use of the descriptive categories outlined here will help to ensure consistency and comparability of published observations on the micromorphology of breast calcifications. ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE: This is the first time a lexicon and classification system has been proposed for the micromorphology of breast calcifications, as observed by scanning electron microscopy of histological sections. This will facilitate comparability of observed relationships between micromorphology, mammographic appearance, chemistry and pathology.

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Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QD Chemistry > QD415 Biochemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
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Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 09:14
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 09:14

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