microcalcifications

mi·cro·cal·ci·fi·ca·tions

(mī'krō-kal'si-fi-kā'shŭnz),
Calcifications smaller than 1 mm in diameter as seen on mammography; often associated with malignant lesions.
[micro- + calcification]

mi·cro·cal·ci·fi·ca·tions

(mī'krō-kal-si-fi-kā'shŭns)
Calcifications smaller than 1 mm in diameter as seen on mammography; often associated with malignant lesions when seen in clusters.
[micro- + calcification]

Microcalcifications

Tiny flecks that are too small to be felt. They are important markers of cancer that show up on ultrasound and mammogram.
Mentioned in: Breast Ultrasound
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Primary breast amyloidosis presenting as microcalcifications only.
Mammography with magnification views of the NAC will show thickening, retraction, or flattening of the nipple, microcalcifications of the retroareolar region, and/or a subareolar mass.
Features on sonomammography requiring biopsy were taller than broader, spiculated margins, posterior acoustic shadowing and microcalcifications.
Ultrasound findings suggestive of malignancy are a dark, hypoechoic nodule with irregular margins, microcalcifications, and/or increased blood flow upon Doppler imaging.
sup][8],[9] Several ultrasonographic characteristics of thyroid nodule have been found to correlate highly with malignancy, including irregular borders, microcalcifications, height greater than width, hypoechogenicity, and increased vascularity.
If there are any microcalcifications in a fibroadenoma, it may be a clue for intraductal carcinoma.
For case 2, we observed microcalcifications in areas of neurologic degeneration; a spinal cord slice showed neuropil disruption with multiple calcifications, reactive gliosis, and loss of the ascending and descending spinal cord tracts (Figure 2).
Market growth can be attributed to the rising initiatives by various governments and NGOs to raise awareness about early diagnosis of microcalcifications in breast tissue.
The average size of the microcalcifications was 2 cm (the range was from 1 cm to 8 cm) with pleomorphic arrangements.
Some small foci of siderophages and very few microcalcifications were present (Figure 5, D).
The equipment will use radiography to image core biopsy specimens to aid in the identification of abnormal tissue densities and microcalcifications.