False-positive breast screening due to fat necrosis following mammography

Australas Radiol. 2004 Jun;48(2):217-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1673.2004.01301.x.


Traumatic fat necrosis can result in a spectrum of imaging appearances that range from characteristically benign to those indistinguishable from malignancy. In such cases, biopsy might be required for diagnosis. The present case demonstrates a suspicious mammographic mass lesion appearing following a haematoma caused by a previous screening mammogram.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Fat Necrosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography / adverse effects*