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Breast ultrasound

Breast ultrasound
ICD-9-CM 88.73

Breast ultrasound refers to the process of using medical ultrasonography to perform imaging of the breast.

It can be considered either a diagnostic or a screening procedure.[1]

It may be used either with or without a mammogram.[2]

It may be useful in younger women, where the denser fibrous tissue of the breast may make mammograms more difficult to interpret.[3]

Automated whole-breast ultrasound (AWBU) is an ultrasound investigation of the breast that is largely independent of the operator skill and that allows to reconstruct volumetric images of the breast.

Using high-frequency ultrasound, a diagnostic evaluation of the lactiferous ducts by means of ultrasound (duct sonography) can be performed.[4] In this manner, dilated ducts and intraductal masses can be made visible. Another technique for visualizing the system of lactiferous ducts is galactography, which allows a wider area of the lactiferous duct system to be visualized.[5]

A type of ultrasound examination to measure tissue stiffness, which is used to detect tumours, is elastography.

Breast ultrasound is also used to perform fine-needle aspiration biopsy and ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration of breast abscesses.[6]


  1. ^ A. Thomas Stavros; Cynthia L. Rapp; Steve H. Parker (1 January 2004). Breast ultrasound. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  
  2. ^ "Breast ultrasound: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ "FDA approves first breast ultrasound imaging system for dense breast tissue". 18 Sep 2012. 
  4. ^ Sylvia Helen Heywang-Koebrunner; Ingrid Schreer (15 January 2014). Diagnostic Breast Imaging: Mammography, Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Interventional Procedures. Thieme. p. 199.  
  5. ^ Kelly K. Hunt (1 January 2001). Breast Cancer. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 135.  
  6. ^ Trop I, Dugas A, David J, El Khoury M, Boileau JF, Larouche N, Lalonde L (October 2011). "Breast abscesses: evidence-based algorithms for diagnosis, management, and follow-up". Radiographics : a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc (review) 31 (6): 1683–99.  

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