Correlating Mammographic Findings with Ultrasound
Ultrasound correlation of mammographic abnormalities like discrete circumscribed masses, partially circumscribed masses, developing densities, asymmetric densities, and architectural distortion provides a more specific diagnosis of mammographic abnormality. Ultrasound can reliably distinguish cysts from solid lesions. Therefore, ultrasound can downgrade BI-RADS 3 masses on mammography to BI-RADS 2 on ultrasound, thereby obviating the need for a 6-month follow-up. Correlating mammographic abnormality with ultrasound also offers easier and quicker access to biopsy or localizes the lesion for surgical excision. Ultrasound is useful to assess the extent of disease and assess the axillary lymph nodes when mammographic appearances are strongly suggestive of a malignancy.
KeywordsAxillary Lymph Node Architectural Distortion Solid Lesion Radiopaque Marker Quick Access
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