Screening breast ultrasound: past, present, and future

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Feb;204(2):234-40. doi: 10.2214/AJR.13.12072.


OBJECTIVE. This article discusses breast ultrasound for the detection of breast cancer in the screening environment, as well as strategies for integrating screening breast ultrasound, including automated breast ultrasound. CONCLUSION. Breast density is an increasingly pertinent issue in breast cancer diagnosis. Breast density results in a decrease in the sensitivity of mammography for cancer detection, with a significant increase in the risk of breast cancer. Ultrasound detects additional cancers.

Keywords: breast cancer; breast imaging; breast ultrasound; cancer screening; ultrasound.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Early Detection of Cancer / methods*
  • Early Detection of Cancer / trends*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Ultrasonography, Mammary / trends*