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Radiologia Brasileira

On-line version ISSN 1678-7099

Abstract

CALAS, Maria Julia Gregório; PEREIRA, Fernanda Philadelpho Arantes; GONCALVES, Leticia Pereira  and  LOPES, Flávia Paiva Proença Lobo. Preliminary study of the technical limitations of automated breast ultrasound: from procedure to diagnosis. Radiol Bras [online]. 2020, vol.53, n.5, pp.293-300.  Epub Oct 02, 2020. ISSN 1678-7099.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0100-3984.2019.0079.

Objective:

To evaluate the main technical limitations of automated breast ultrasound and to determine the proportion of examinations excluded.

Materials and Methods:

We evaluated 440 automated breast ultrasound examinations performed, over a 12-month period, by technicians using an established protocol.

Results:

In five cases (1.1%), the examination was deemed unacceptable for diagnostic purposes, those examinations therefore being excluded.

Conclusion:

Automated breast ultrasound is expected to overcome some of the major limitations of conventional ultrasound in breast cancer screening. In Brazil, this new method can be accepted for inclusion in routine clinical practice only after its advantages have been validated in the national context.

Keywords : Ultrasonography, mammary/methods; Breast neoplasms/diagnostic imaging; Breast density; Early detection of cancer/methods; Mass screening/methods.

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