Mammogram - calcifications

Alternative names
Calcifications on mammograms


According to the American Cancer Society, calcifications or microcalcifications seen on a mammogram are small mineral deposits that show up as white spots on the mammogram film. Calcifications can be benign, but may be a sign of breast cancer.

Sometimes the changes are monitored by additional tests including repeat mammograms. Other times, a breast biopsy will be recommended, especially if the calcifications are tightly clustered, or show characteristics that are worrisome to the radiologist.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 2, 2012
by Arthur A. Poghosian, M.D.

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