The Role of Ultrasound in Breast Cancer Screening: The Case for and Against Ultrasound

Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2018 Feb;39(1):25-34. doi: 10.1053/j.sult.2017.09.006. Epub 2017 Sep 22.


Mammography is the gold standard for breast cancer screening. However, with increasing awareness among patients and health care providers of mammography limitations especially in dense breasts, supplemental screening for breast cancer with ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging has been expanding. The roles of both in screening need to be re-examined. This article reviews the efficacy, utility, and feasibility of ultrasound as a screening tool for the early detection of occult breast cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast / diagnostic imaging
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Early Detection of Cancer / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors
  • Ultrasonography, Mammary / methods*