What is the role of ultrasonography in breast cancer screening?

Updated: Jan 24, 2017
  • Author: Durre Sabih, MBBS, MSc, FRCP(Edin); Chief Editor: Mahan Mathur, MD  more...
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Attempts have been made to establish a place for ultrasound in screening. The American College of Radiology Imaging Network has published data on whole breast ultrasound screening (ACRIN6666), showing that the cancer detection rate with ultrasonography is comparable to that with mammography. [4]

Given the laborious protocol of screening whole breasts, widespread screening applications are expected to appear only when automated breast scanners have demonstrated ease of use and a sensitivity and specificity comparable to handheld breast screening. [5, 6]


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