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Breast imaging – Breast ultrasound – Indications


  • Breast ultrasound is the diagnostic imaging method of choice for women younger than 40 years with breast signs and symptoms.
  • It is also the preferred imaging modality for pregnant and lactating women.
  • Supplementary whole-breast ultrasound is used in screening of women with dense breasts on mammography .
  • Breast ultrasound is used to evaluate clinically palpable mammographically occult masses in breasts .
  • It is also used as an adjunct to mammography for the evaluation of abnormalities detected on mammography (targeted ultrasound).
  • It provides useful guidance for interventions, both diagnostic and therapeutic.


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