Hi, Jane Watkins.

On April 9th, we performed a mammogram to look for signs of breast cancer.

Your report summary:

worrisome calcification
benign mass



Your exam result:

We found new calcifications in the images of your right breast, but we can't tell if they are cancerous from this test alone. We will need to perform another mammogram to get a closer look.

worrisome calcification New mineral deposits (calcifications)
benign mass Preexisting non-cancerous mass
density 1


density 2


density 3


density 4


Your breast density:  2

Density is determined by the ratio of fat vs. gland tissue in your breasts. 1 is the lowest density (mostly fat), and 4 is the highest (mostly gland tissue). All of these numbers are totally normal and do not affect your risk of cancer.

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Bilateral Screening Mammogram

Indication: Screening for Breast Cancer Z12.31

This exam was performed to look for any signs of breast cancer.

Comparison Exams: Prior screening mammograms from 10/1/15, 9/16/14, and 8/12/13.

We looked at your past mammograms from 2013, 2014, and 2015 to see if there were any small changes.


This part of the report describes what we saw in your scan.

There are scattered areas of fibroglandular density in the right and left breasts.

Your breasts contain slightly more fat than gland tissue (illustrated in the previous section). This is normal.

In the upper outer quadrant of the right breast at 10:00, posterior depth, approximately 4cm from the nipple, there are calcifications which are new from prior and suspicious. No associated mass or asymmetry. No additional worrisome calcifications.

worrisome calcification

In the upper outer part of your right breast, there are new mineral deposits that weren't there on your last mammogram. These mineral deposits, or calcifications are varied in shape. This type of mineral deposit can sometimes be a result of breast cancer. The rest of your breast is normal.

There is an equal density oval circumscribed mass in the upper outer quadrant of the left breast, posterior depth, approximately 3cm from the nipple which is stable from prior. No suspicious masses, asymmetries or calcifications.

benign mass

There is a lump of tissue in your upper outer left breast. This lump is not different from your last mammogram. This lump is not cancer. There are no findings of breast cancer in your left breast. Your left breast is normal.


This is what we recommend based on the findings above.

BI-RADS 0: Incomplete, additional evaluation needed. Recommend diagnostic mammogram for new pleomorphic calcifications in the right breast which are suspicious.

There are new calcifications in your right breast which can be a sign of breast cancer. We need to take a closer look to further evaluate the calcifications.

What's the next step?

We want to take a closer look at the calcifications in your right breast. Schedule a follow-up online or by phone.

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Ryan Short

Ryan Short MD

Duke Radiology