The many faces of fat necrosis in the breast

Jorge L. Taboada, Tanya W. Stephens, Savitri Krishnamurthy, Kathleen R. Brandt, Gary J. Whitman

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Objective. This article describes the manifestations of fat necrosis on mammography, sonography, and MRI and correlates the imaging findings with the pathologic findings. Conclusion. On imaging studies, the appearance of fat necrosis ranges from typically benign to worrisome for malignancy. Mammography is more specific than sonography, and emphasis should be placed on mammography in making the diagnosis of fat necrosis. In selected cases, MRI may be helpful in showing findings consistent with fat necrosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-825
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Breast mri
  • Breast sonography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Fat necrosis
  • Mammography
  • Postsurgical changes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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