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Ultrasound is similar to mammography in detecting breast cancer, study shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 29 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6925
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Ultrasonography achieves similar rates of detection of breast cancer as mammography does when it is used as a primary screening test, shows a US study. The study found that ultrasonography detected a higher proportion of invasive and node negative cancers but was also associated with a higher rate of false positive results.

The study, reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, included 2662 women who had three annual screening tests for breast cancer with ultrasonography (a total of 7473 examinations) and with mammography, either film screen (with results …

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