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Elaine Halesey



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The Complexity of Diagnosing Sclerosing Breast Adenosis

Lauren Sokirka

Dr. Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(QM)


This project explains the research conducted on the complexity of sclerosing breast adenosis and the specific findings that can lead to a misdiagnosis. Explanation of the disease, methods of diagnosis, case-studies, and risk factors are discussed. In addition, common presentations in misdiagnoses in imaging modalities such as MRI, mammography and ultrasound are included in this project. Sclerosing adenosis is dominantly found in women around the perimenopausal age and usually does not show any symptoms. When the breast is imaged through multiple modalities, the presentation of the disease can be mistaken as invasive carcinoma. If a patient has an unclear presentation of this disease, a biopsy may be done to verify the existence or nonexistence of a malignancy. A patient who has sclerosing adenosis is associated with a 1.7 to 3.7 times more risk for developing cancer. In most cases after the diagnosis of sclerosing adenosis, the patient does not need any special treatment options.

Keywords: Sclerosing Adenosis, Mammography, Breast, Carcinoma

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Medical Imaging


Sclerosing Adenosis, Mammography, Breast


Medicine and Health Sciences

The Complexity of Diagnosing Sclerosing Breast Adenosis



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