Correlating Mammographic Findings with Ultrasound

  • Radhakrishna Selvi


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.


Axillary Lymph Node Architectural Distortion Solid Lesion Radiopaque Marker Quick Access 
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© Springer India 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Radhakrishna Selvi
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  1. 1.Chennai Breast CentreChennaiIndia

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