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01-08-2014 | Breast cancer | Book chapter | Article

7. Breast Ultrasound

Author: MD, FRCR, FACR, FAIUM Mahesh K. Shetty

Publisher: Springer New York


This chapter provides an overview of the role of ultrasound in breast imaging. Ultrasound plays a critical role in the evaluation of the asymptomatic and symptomatic breast. Ultrasound has an important role as a supplemental modality to mammography in screening for breast cancer in women with an elevated risk for breast cancer, for workup of screen-detected abnormalities, and in the evaluation of the symptomatic breast. The breast ultrasound BI-RADS lexicon is discussed. The technical aspects of the breast ultrasound examination are outlined. The spectrum of abnormal findings seen on workup of a screen-detected abnormality and those seen in a symptomatic breast are described. A brief review of the current status of supplemental methods such as Doppler ultrasound and elastography is presented.

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