A 28-year-old female asked:
can breast cancer be detected by ultrasound?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Uyeda answered
44 years experience General Surgery
Sometimes yes: But diagnostic tests are never 100%. False negatives and false positives occur with some frequency. This is also true with mammogram and MRI. Breast ultrasound is nowhere near 100% for cancer diagnosis. Definitive diagnosis is always tissue biopsy.
Answered on Feb 16, 2015
Dr. Michael Gabor answered
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Yes,: breast ultrasound can detect breast cancer. Reported sensitivities vary, but in general the overall sensitivity for detecting breast cancer ranges from 60-80%, and is similar to mammography.There is some data to suggest ultrasound may perform better than mammography in younger women and in women with dense breasts.
Answered on May 27, 2015
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