Korean J Radiol.  2020 Jan;21(1):15-24. 10.3348/kjr.2019.0176.

Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening for Dense Breasts

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. rad-ksh@catholic.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Radiology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Mammography is the primary screening method for breast cancers. However, the sensitivity of mammographic screening is lower for dense breasts, which are an independent risk factor for breast cancers. Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) is used as an adjunct to mammography for screening breast cancers in asymptomatic women with dense breasts. It is an effective screening modality with diagnostic accuracy comparable to that of handheld ultrasound (HHUS). Radiologists should be familiar with the unique display mode, imaging features, and artifacts in ABUS, which differ from those in HHUS. The purpose of this study was to provide a comprehensive review of the clinical significance of dense breasts and ABUS screening, describe the unique features of ABUS, and introduce the method of use and interpretation of ABUS.

Keyword

Dense breast; Automated breast ultrasound; Screening; Early detection of cancer; Breast cancer

MeSH Terms

Artifacts
Breast Neoplasms
Breast*
Early Detection of Cancer
Female
Humans
Mammography
Mass Screening*
Methods
Risk Factors
Ultrasonography*
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