Can you detect breast cancer with an ultrasound? Ultrasound is a type of imaging that uses sound waves. Ultrasound can be a useful aid for breast cancer detection in women with dense breasts, and when a biopsy is needed. Ultrasound is a good addition to a mammogram or breast MRI for breast cancer screening in some women.
How accurate is an ultrasound in finding breast cancer? It is known that ultrasound is effective for the detection of small, invasive, node-negative cancers in dense breast tissue, where the sensitivity of mammography drops from 85% to 47.8% to 64.4%.
How does breast cancer appear on ultrasound? The transducer is moved over the skin of the breast to create a picture that can be seen on a computer screen. Cancers are usually seen as masses that are slightly darker (“hypoechoic”) relative to the lighter gray fat or white (fibrous) breast tissue (Figs. 10, 11).
Can you tell if a lump is cancerous from an ultrasound? Ultrasound cannot tell whether a tumor is cancer. Its use is also limited in some parts of the body because the sound waves can’t go through air (such as in the lungs) or through bone.