BI-RADS Category 5 Assessments at Diagnostic Breast Imaging:Outcomes Analysis Based on Lesion Descriptors

Melissa Min-Szu Yao, Bonnie N. Joe, Edward A. Sickles, Cindy S. Lee

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Rationale and Objectives The Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) atlas defines category 5 assessments as appropriate only for lesions that are almost certainly cancer, with a positive predictive value (PPV) of ≥95%. This study aims to demonstrate the feasibility of classifying lesions at diagnostic breast imaging with sufficiently high PPV to merit category 5 assessments, and to identify those lesion descriptors that yield such a high PPV. Materials and Methods For this Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliant and IRB exempt study, we reviewed diagnostic breast imaging examinations (mammography and/or ultrasound) assessed as highly suggestive of malignancy (BI-RADS category 5). Pathology diagnosis was considered the gold standard. PPV3 (biopsy performed) was calculated, and the BI-RADS descriptors for each lesion were analyzed. Results Among 22,564 consecutive diagnostic breast imaging examinations between January 2010 and September 2015, we identified 239 exams (1.1%) assessed as BI-RADS category 5 (mean age 62.5 years). Malignancy (invasive breast carcinoma and/or ductal carcinoma in situ) was diagnosed in 233 examinations (PPV3 97.5% and 95% confidence interval: 96.2%–98.8%). The most common lesion types were mass (170) and calcifications (116). Of the 220 examinations involving both mammography and ultrasound, no category 5 lesions had
Original languageChinese (Traditional)
JournalAcademic Radiology
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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