microcalcification

Microcalcification

What is a microcalcification? A microcalcification is a small deposit of the mineral calcium inside tissue. Microcalcifications can be found anywhere in the body but they are most commonly found in the breast where they are associated with both non-cancerous and cancerous conditions. Imaging studies such as mammography can see microcalcifications in the breast and …
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Calcification

What does calcification mean in a pathology report? Calcium is a mineral found throughout the body. Cells need calcium to function normally. Pathologists use the term calcification to describe the build-up of calcium inside of tissue. When examined under a microscope areas of calcification look much darker than the surrounding normal tissue and these areas¬†can …
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