Author(s): Pankaj Sharma1
Ultrasound is a radiation free, readily available imaging modality that is routinely used for evaluation of breast. The patient usually are for routine checkup to nonspecific symptoms with few showing specific signs and symptoms. In this study, an attempt has been made to understand the role of ultrasound in diagnosing benign lesions with a drawback focused on early malignant lesion. Also, the differentiation of solid and cystic lesions can reduce biopsy.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
This study was done retrospectively evaluating 131 consecutive patients. The ultrasound study included evaluation of mainly female patients with few male cases.
Most common lesions were benign lesions. Among these benign lesions, fibroadenomas and fibrocystic disease were the commonest. However, there were no early malignant lesion seen in this study.
Breast ultrasound is choice of investigation in benign breast diseases. Also, such lesions can be easily followed up at primary level. However, there is a limited role in detecting early malignant lesions, which will require additional workup at a higher level especially in high-risk groups.