Ultrasound in the evaluation of solid breast masses

A. P. Harper, E. Kelly-Fry, J. S. Noe, J. R. Bies, V. P. Jackson

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Ultrasound image characteristics and radiographic features of 31 benign and 41 malignant breast masses were cross-tabulated and analyzed to determine the ultrasound image characteristics most useful for diagnosis and the frequency with which some imaging features occurred. The most common malignant mass (the ductal carcinoma) exhibited a jagged wall (88%), homogeneous internal echoes (12%), nonhomogeneous internal echoes (70%), internal echoes not discernible due to attenuation effects (18%), and attenuation shadowing (97%). In contrast, the fibroadenoma (the most common benign mass in this study), exhibited smooth walls (94%), homogeneous internal echoes (89%), and no demonstrable posterior shadowing (67%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)731-736
Number of pages6
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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