Original Article

Incidental Breast Lesions Detected on Computed Thorax Tomography


  • Necdet Poyraz
  • Ganime Dilek Emlik
  • Suat Keskin
  • Havva Kalkan

Received Date: 29.05.2015 Accepted Date: 02.08.2015 Eur J Breast Health 2015;11(4):163-167


Although mammography is the primary imaging method of the breast, incidental benign and malignant breast lesions are increasingly being detected on computed tomographies (CTs) performed to detect different pathologies. Therefore, the detection and accurate identification of these lesions is important. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the frequency, morphological features, and results of incidental breast lesions on CTs performed for the detection of extramammarian pathologies.

Materials and Methods:

Incidental breast lesions on CTs performed in our department between 2011 and 2013 were evaluated. Patients who had previously diagnosed breast lesions were excluded from the study. The inclusion criteria were histopathologic diagnose and being followed -up for at least 2 years.


The study population consisted of 33 women whose mean age was 55±1.38 (37–78) years. Of the 33 women, 12 (36%) had malignant and 21 (64%) had benign or normal findings. The most common malignant lesion was invasive ductal carcinoma, and the most common benign lesion was fibroadenoma. Ill-defined contour and lymphadenopathy in malignant lesions and well-defined contour in benign lesions were the most important CT findings.


Breasts must be carefully evaluated if it is included in the scans. An accurate report of breast lesions gives an opportunity for early diagnosis and treatment.

Keywords: Computed tomography, thorax, breast, incidental findings