Japanese Journal of Radiology

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 400–408 | Cite as

Imaging of metastases from breast cancer to uncommon sites: a pictorial review

  • Masafumi ToguchiEmail author
  • Mitsuru Matsuki
  • Isao Numoto
  • Masakatsu Tsurusaki
  • Izumi Imaoka
  • Kazunari Ishii
  • Rikiya Yamashita
  • Yuki Inada
  • Shuichi Monzawa
  • Hisato Kobayashi
  • Takamichi Murakami
Pictorial Essay


There are three types of breast cancer recurrence which can occur after initial treatment: local, regional, and distant. Distant metastases are more frequent than local and regional recurrences. It usually occurs several years after the primary breast cancer, although it is sometimes diagnosed at the same time as the primary breast cancer. Although the common distant metastases are bone, lung and liver, breast cancer has the potential to metastasize to almost any region of the body. Early detection and treatment of distant metastases improves the prognosis, therefore radiologists and clinicians should recognize the possibility of metastasis from breast cancer and grasp the imaging characteristics. In this report, we demonstrate the imaging characteristics of metastases from breast cancer to uncommon sites.


Breast cancer Metastasis CT MRI 


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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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© Japan Radiological Society 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masafumi Toguchi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mitsuru Matsuki
    • 1
  • Isao Numoto
    • 1
  • Masakatsu Tsurusaki
    • 1
  • Izumi Imaoka
    • 1
  • Kazunari Ishii
    • 1
  • Rikiya Yamashita
    • 2
  • Yuki Inada
    • 3
  • Shuichi Monzawa
    • 4
  • Hisato Kobayashi
    • 5
  • Takamichi Murakami
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyKindai University Faculty of MedicineOsaka-SayamaJapan
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyKyoto University HospitalKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyOsaka Medical CollegeTakatsukiJapan
  4. 4.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyShinko HospitalKobeJapan
  5. 5.Department of RadiologyOtsu Red Cross HospitalOtsuJapan

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