A How To Guide
How do you know if a mass is cystic or solid? Benign or malignant? Are you able to biopsy the lesion? Does the mammogram or MRI finding correspond to the ultrasound findings?
These are the critical questions you must be able to answer to perform high-quality breast ultrasound. Don't neglect the nuances of this often overlooked skill.
Breast Ultrasound: A How To Guide
Wade Hedegard M.D. is a breast imaging radiologist with a special interest in finding ways to improve education. He works at one of the busiest breast imaging practices in the U.S. (www.ewbc.com) He has lectured at national meetings and at CME courses around the country. He feels weird writing about himself in the third person and will stop now.
During my training I was shocked by the lack of resources available. I poured over dozens of big textbooks and case review books as well as hundreds of journal articles, yet still was unable to quickly and easily answer simple real-world questions. Things like "how do you work up an asymmetry?" or "what are the exact steps to performing a stereotactic biopsy?" I knew there must be a better way.
In radiology, a picture is worth a thousand words and I have discovered that step-by-step video guides are the ultimate way to master any subject. Learning does not have to be so hard!
Frequently Asked Questions
Know what you are looking at
Breast Ultrasound - Beginner and Advanced Topics
- How to scan
- What to say
- What do the buttons do?
- Technique and settings
- Tips for better images
- Screening breast ultrasound