The Value of Ultrasound in Breast Cancer Detection

A study conducted in Connecticut showed that ultrasound identified an additional 3.2 women in a 1000 with breast cancer, following a negative mammogram. This has raised a debate on the utility of a screening ultrasound.

Results from a Connecticut study have some clinicians proclaiming that all women with dense breasts who have a negative mammogram should be offered an ultrasound. The study, presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS; abstract S5-01), found that ultrasound identified an additional 3.2 cancers per 1,000 women.

“It is time to think of a new paradigm of utilizing screening ultrasound,” said the lead author of the study Jean Weigert, MD, a radiologist and the director of Breast Imaging at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, in New Britain.

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