Breast ultrasound scans – surgeons’ expectations

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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 61 (June 2015) > List of articles

Breast ultrasound scans – surgeons’ expectations

Piotr Bednarski / Katarzyna Dobruch-Sobczak / Eryk Chrapowicki / Wiesław Jakubowski

Keywords : breast ultrasound, surgical treatment, breast cancer

Citation Information : Journal of Ultrasonography. Volume 15, Issue 61, Pages 164-171, DOI: https://doi.org/10.15557/JoU.2015.0014

License : (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Received Date : 12-February-2015 / Accepted: 10-March-2015 / Published Online: 13-September-2016

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Recent years have witnessed a dynamic development of mammary gland imaging techniques,particularly ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging. A challengerelated to these studies is the increase in the precision of the anatomical assessment of breast, particularly for early detection of subclinical lesions, performance of ultrasound-guided biopsy procedures, and accurate preoperative location of pathological lesions so as to optimize the surgical treatment. Ultrasound imaging is a primary and baseline diagnostic procedure the patient with suspected pathological lesions withinbreast is referred to by the surgeon. Lesions visualized in ultrasound scans are classified according to the BI-RADS US assessment categories. The successive categories (2 through 6) encompass individual pathological lesions, estimating the risk of malignancy and provide guidelines for further diagnostic and therapeutic management. This article described the important aspects of ultrasonographic imaging of focal lesions within the breasts as signifi cant from the standpoint of surgical treatment of patients falling within BI-RADS US categories 3, 4, 5, and 6. Attention is drawn to the importance of ultrasound scans in the assessment of axillary fossa lymph nodes before the decision regarding the surgical treatment. 

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