Microtome shaving radiography: demonstration of loss of mammographic microcalcifications during histologic sectioning.

Journal Article

Mammographic-pathologic correlation of suspicious microcalcifications is essential for optimal diagnosis and local staging of early breast carcinoma. Loss of microcalcifications during histologic sectioning has been suggested as one reason for the occasional lack of microscopic visualization of microcalcifications in routinely processed breast biopsy specimens obtained for suspicious mammographic microcalcifications. Two case reports utilizing radiography of histologic shavings of stereotactic core biopsies and surgical excisional biopsies of mammographic microcalcifications provide concrete evidence of the loss of large calcific particles during the microtome process.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Winston, JS; Geradts, J; Liu, DF; Stomper, PC

Published Date

  • May 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 200 - 203

PubMed ID

  • 15125745

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15125745

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1075-122X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1075-122X.2004.21300.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States