Mammographic-pathologic correlation: Part 1. Benign breast lesions
A great deal of overlap exists in the mammographic appearance of benign and malignant breast lesions. This makes the radiologist's job more difficult and results in a substantial false-positive rate. Thorough knowledge of the clinical presentation, mammographic appearance, and histopathology of benign breast entities is essential to lowering one's false-positive rate. This article covers some of the most common benign breast lesions (those that can be categorized as benign or probably benign at the end of the imaging workup) and those that can be easily confused with carcinoma.