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Korean J Radiol. 2010 Nov-Dec;11(6):589-93. doi: 10.3348/kjr.2010.11.6.589. Epub 2010 Oct 29.

Supplementary screening sonography in mammographically dense breast: pros and cons.

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Department of Radiology, Research Institute of Radiological Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Sonography is an attractive supplement to mammography in breast cancer screening because it is relatively inexpensive, requires no contrast-medium injection, is well tolerated by patients, and is widely available for equipment as compared with MRI. Sonography has been especially valuable for women with mammographically dense breast because it has consistently been able to detect a substantial number of cancers at an early stage. Despite these findings, breast sonography has known limitations as a screening tool; operator-dependence, the shortage of skilled operators, the inability to detect microcalcifications, and substantially higher false-positive rates than mammography. Further study of screening sonography is still ongoing and is expected to help establish the role of screening sonography.

KEYWORDS:

Breast cancer; Breast screening; Screening ultrasound

PMID:
21076583
PMCID:
PMC2974219
DOI:
10.3348/kjr.2010.11.6.589
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