Of 6,009 cases of breast cancer studied, 455 (7.6%) were invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC); 341 of these (75%) were pure ILC and 114 (25%) were ILC mixed with ductal forms. The mammographic features were compared with those of the 5,554 other breast carcinomas. Pure ILCs were less frequently round (1% vs 11%) and more frequently spicular (28% vs 23%) or with architectural distortion (18% vs 6%) than the other breast carcinomas. Microcalcifications were less common (24% vs 41%) and retraction of the skin (25% vs 21%) and nipple (26% vs 17%) was more common in pure ILC than in the other breast carcinomas. When complementary magnification views were obtained, only 50% were helpful in diagnosis of ILC while 75% were helpful in diagnosis of other breast carcinomas. Malignancy was less frequently diagnosed in ILC (57%) than in the other breast carcinomas (64%). The results were intermediate in the mixed ILC group.