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The accuracy of ultrasound in the diagnosis of breast disease.

Smallwood, JA; Guyer, P; Dewbury, K; Mengatti, S; Herbert, A; Royle, GT; Taylor, I; (1986) The accuracy of ultrasound in the diagnosis of breast disease. Ann R Coll Surg Engl , 68 (1) pp. 19-22.

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Abstract

The accuracy of breast ultrasound using all purpose static beta-scanning equipment has been compared with mammography. Ultrasound was found to be both more sensitive (93%:82%) and specific (95%:89%) in a large retrospective series of 1000 patients undergoing investigation for symptomatic breast disease. In a smaller prospective and consecutive series of 142 patients undergoing surgery where histological proof was obtained ultrasound was also found to be more sensitive (91%:81%) and specific (81%:69%). In both studies, the greater accuracy of ultrasound was attributed to its ability to diagnose lesions hidden in X-ray dense breasts and where mammography had revealed featureless asymmetical densities of uncertain nature. In these instances ultrasound may have a significant role to play as an adjunct to mammography in the preoperative assessment of breast lesions.

Type: Article
Title: The accuracy of ultrasound in the diagnosis of breast disease.
Location: England
Keywords: Breast Diseases, Breast Neoplasms, Female, Humans, Mammography, Prospective Studies, Retrospective Studies, Ultrasonography
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10025479
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