Warning! Palpable Lump Felt Here
Radiographically distinct; unmistakable meaning
In 2018, the American College of Radiology (ACR) amended their Practice Parameters for the Performance of Screening and Diagnostic Mammography to recommend that "Facilities should require consistent use of radiographically distinct markers to indicate palpable areas of concern, skin lesions, and surgical scars."
This recommendation aligns perfectly with the mission behind the Beekley Skin Marking System® for Mammography - 5 distinct shapes to visually communicate and document specific areas of interest or concern to the radiologist directly on the patient's images.
The triangle, the international symbol for warning, is used to mark palpable masses and is the best way to correlate the physical finding with findings on the patient images.
- Immediately directs attention to the area of concern without obscuring calcifications or other imaging findings
- Acts as a visual cue to the technologist that the entire area has been captured on the image - especially important if the mass is mammographically occult
- Becomes part of the patient's permanent record and proof of due diligence if images are transferred to another location
- Eliminates doubt that the marker represents anything other than a palpable abnormality