What is the role of ultrasonography in the workup of basal cell carcinoma (BCC)?

Updated: Mar 02, 2020
  • Author: Robert S Bader, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The use of ultrasonography is controversial. High-frequency (20 MHz) and ultra-high-frequency (40-100 MHz) ultrasound systems have been used; their accuracy in delineating malignant lesions from benign lesions remains inadequate, however, with a success rate of approximately 20%. Furthermore, the claims of reliable tumor sizing and depth of invasion are promising but still passionately debated.


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