Ultrasound to possibly replace breast cancer biopsies

Instead of an invasive procedure like a biopsy to determine if risk factors exist for breast cancer patients, the time-tested procedure of ultrasound may soon be coming as a technique that measures how easily breast lumps compress and bounce back.

In other words, the procedure could someday replace biopsies for determining possible breast cancer candidates during women’s’ exams. And, ultrasound could enable doctors to determine instantly whether a woman has cancer or not. This is really great news for those that will need screening and testing for breast cancer in the future.

In a bright spot of news for this new medical possibility, the technique — in a sample of 80 women — distinguished harmless lumps from malignant ones with nearly 100 percent accuracy.

Author by Brian White