Diagnosis of breast lumps based on breast imaging reporting and data system score and histopathological examination: a comparative study


  • Shahaji G. Chavan Department of General Surgery, Dr. D.Y. Patil University, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Sree Ganesh B. Department of General Surgery, Dr. D.Y. Patil University, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Nandan Vemuri Department of General Surgery, Dr. D.Y. Patil University, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India




Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System, Breast lump, Histopathology, Triple assessment


Background: Breast cancer incidence in India is increasing and has now become the most common cancer among women. Preoperative pathology diagnosis and mammography (using breast imaging reporting and data system      (BI-RADS) scoring system) constitute an essential part of the workup of breast lesions. The present study was aimed to compare the diagnostic accuracy of BI-RADS score with histopathological finding in diagnosis of benign and malignant lesions of breast.

Methods: This is a cross-sectional study. The present study was conducted on 100 randomly selected newly diagnosed cases of breast lump attending the General Surgery Department (OPD).

Results: Considering histopathological examination as gold standard, the sensitivity and specificity of BI-RADS score is 93.9% and 82.3% respectively. The positive predictive value, negative predictive value and diagnostic accuracy of BI-RADS score is 91.1%, 87.5% and 90.0% respectively.

Conclusions: Author conclude from the present study that BI-RADS score being non-invasive, it may become a very useful test for evaluating Breast lump lesions. However, BI-RADS score cannot be considered as gold standard and thus cannot be used as an alternative to histopathology in diagnosis of breast lumps.


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