The value of three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound examination in the assessment of small breast tumours
© BioMed Central 2004
Published: 14 July 2004
The purpose of this study was to determine the value of 3D ultrasound examination in the diagnostic procedure of the small breast tumours.
Materials and methods
A total 182 small breast tumours were analysed in 146 patients aged ranging from 17 to 72 years. All patients had undergone two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound examination, 3D ultrasound examination and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy. 2D ultrasound examination was performed with seven to 12 linear probes. 3D ultrasound examination was performed with a linear scanner, 6–12 MHz (Voluson 730; KretzTechnik, Zipf, Austria). Fine needle aspiration biopsy was performed under ultrasound biopsy, method free hand.
The study group consisted of 182 small breast tumours. The 2D ultrasound examination demonstrated dense cysts (9.34%), fibroadenomas (36.81%), and probable carcinomas (53.85%). 3D ultrasound examination showed dense cysts (48.9%), fibroadenomas (34.07%), and probable carcinomas (17.03%). The cytological results were benign (88.46%) and malignant (11.54%).
3D ultrasound examination improves small breast tumour diagnostics.