Whole-Breast Ultrasound for Breast Screening and Archiving

Chiun Sheng Huang, Ya Wen Yang, Rong Tai Chen, Chung Ming Lo, Chao Liang, Ching Fen Cheng, Chao Shuan Lee, Ruey Feng Chang

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The incidence of breast cancer is increasing worldwide, reinforcing the importance of breast screening. Conventional hand-held ultrasound (HHUS) for breast screening is efficient and relatively easy to perform; however, it lacks systematic recording and localization. This study investigated an electromagnetic tracking-based whole-breast ultrasound (WBUS) system to facilitate the use of HHUS for breast screening. One-hundred nine breast masses were collected, and the detection of suspicious breast lesions was compared between the WBUS system, HHUS and a commercial automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) system. The positioning error between WBUS and ABUS (1.39 ± 0.68 cm) was significantly smaller than that between HHUS and ABUS (1.62 ± 0.91 cm, p = 0.014) and HHUS and WBUS (1.63 ± 0.9 cm, p = 0.024). WBUS is a practical clinical tool for breast screening that can be used instead of the often unavailable and costly ABUS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)926-933
Number of pages8
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2017


  • Automated breast ultrasound
  • Breast mass
  • Comparative study
  • Computer-aided tracking system
  • Hand-held ultrasound
  • Whole-breast ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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