Breast ultrasound errors

Author(s): Professor Andy Evans

Hospital: University of Dundee

Reference: RAD Magazine, 42, 493, 13-15


Breast ultrasound errors can be grouped into four main types. One of these is not performing an ultrasound when a scan would have contributed to patient management. Location/correlation errors can occur where either the scan is performed in the wrong place or a lesion identified by ultrasound is wrongly assumed to be a lesion previously identified by mammography, clinical examination or MRI. Interpretation errors can occur, most seriously when lesions are thought to have definitively benign features when the lesion is in fact an atypical cancer. And, lastly, reliance on a normal ultrasound examination to exclude malignancy when an ultrasound occult cancer is present.

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