In which of the following scenarios would you obtain a true lateral view (LM or ML)?
TOPIC: Mammography technique
ANSWER: Evaluate for milk of calcium
The lateral-medial (LM) view is a supplementary mammographic view used to take a true lateral projection of the breast. This allows the medial aspect of the breast to be in close contact with the film. This view can be used to evaluate for milk of calcium, as it shows the crescent calcifications better than the MLO view. The presence of milk of calcium favors a benign entity. It is important to know the relationship between milk of calcium and its appearance on the true lateral view. Dermal calcifications can be evaluated with tangential views.