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).
What is better to detect breast cancer mammogram or ultrasound? Breast ultrasound is more accurate than mammography in symptomatic women 45 years or younger, mammography has progressive improvement in sensitivity in women 60 years or older. The accuracy of mammograms increased as women’s breasts became fattier and less dense.
What breast ultrasound can detect? A breast ultrasound produces detailed images of breast tissue. It can reveal if the lump is a fluid-filled cyst (usually not cancerous) or a solid mass that needs more testing.