Journal article

Can sonography be used to help differentiate between radial scars and breast cancers?

Jennifer N Cawson

The Breast | Published : 2005


The aim of this study was to determine whether sonography can help differentiate radial scars (RS) from breast cancers. Series of 75 consecutive mammographic screen-detected RS and carcinomas were reviewed: shape, orientation, echotexture, halo, acoustic attenuation and architectural distortion were compared for sonographic RS and cancers. RS were 43% sonopositive (25/58 examined) vs. 93% sonopositive carcinomas (68/73 examined); P<0.001. Of 22 RS and 66 cancers available for film review, findings were: echogenic halo in zero RS vs. 38 cancers (0% vs. 58%); tiny sonographic cysts in 3 RS vs. zero carcinomas (14% vs. 0%); assessment category malignant vs. indeterminate/suspicious (8% vs. 59%,..

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