J Korean Soc Ultrasound Med.  2012 Mar;31(1):1-10.

Current Trends in Breast Ultrasonography

  • 1Department of Radiology, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea. jhyouk@yuhs.ac
  • 2Department of Radiology, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.


In the last 30 years, technical improvements have directly contributed to expanding sonographic breast imaging applications into the most important adjunctive imaging modality for breast evaluation. Most of these advances have related to improvements in sonographic gray-scale image resolution and contrast, but some applications such as color Doppler imaging, elastography, optical imaging, or three-dimensional ultrasounds have resulted in sonographic information that is uniquely different from grayscale imaging. The current spectrum of new breast sonographic techniques not only offers information uniquely different from gray-scale imaging but also involves hardware advances that affect the method of image production. In this article, we discuss the current trends in breast ultrasonography focusing on the advances to further improve accuracy for breast lesion diagnosis.


US; Ultrasonography; Automated breast US; Tissue harmonic imaging; Spatial compound imaging; 3-dimensional US; Doppler US; Elastography; Optical imaging; Second look US; Fusion imaging

MeSH Terms

Elasticity Imaging Techniques
Optical Imaging
Ultrasonography, Mammary
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