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Breast US: assessment of technical quality and image interpretation.

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Baker, JA; Soo, MS
Published in: Radiology
April 2002

PURPOSE: To determine whether ultrasonography (US) of the breast performed at a wide range of clinical practices conforms to the American College of Radiology (ACR) standards for quality and to assess the interpretations of breast sonograms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Static images from 152 breast US examinations performed at 86 institutions were evaluated for compliance with ACR guidelines for breast US hardware, technical factors, imaging protocol, and image annotation. Official interpretations submitted by the referring facilities were compared with static images submitted by the facility. Discrepancies were confirmed by two dedicated breast radiologists after repeat imaging, short-interval follow-up imaging, or biopsy. RESULTS: A total of 60.5% of cases did not comply with at least one ACR guideline on breast US and included 9.2% of cases with inadequate equipment, 14.7% of cases with inappropriate focal zone placement, at least 14% of cases with static images in only one imaging plane, and 25% of cases with incomplete patient identifiers. Clinically relevant interpretation errors and interpretation discrepancies were confirmed in 23 (15.1%) of 152 cases. CONCLUSION: The majority of breast US examinations did not comply with at least some of the standards for quality set forth by the ACR. Attention to these basic standards could substantially improve image quality.

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Radiology

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ISSN

0033-8419

Publication Date

April 2002

Volume

223

Issue

1

Start / End Page

229 / 238

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Ultrasonography
  • Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aged
  • Adult
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
 

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Baker, J. A., & Soo, M. S. (2002). Breast US: assessment of technical quality and image interpretation. Radiology, 223(1), 229–238. https://doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2231011125
Baker, Jay A., and Mary Scott Soo. “Breast US: assessment of technical quality and image interpretation.Radiology 223, no. 1 (April 2002): 229–38. https://doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2231011125.
Baker JA, Soo MS. Breast US: assessment of technical quality and image interpretation. Radiology. 2002 Apr;223(1):229–38.
Baker, Jay A., and Mary Scott Soo. “Breast US: assessment of technical quality and image interpretation.Radiology, vol. 223, no. 1, Apr. 2002, pp. 229–38. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiol.2231011125.
Baker JA, Soo MS. Breast US: assessment of technical quality and image interpretation. Radiology. 2002 Apr;223(1):229–238.
Journal cover image

Published In

Radiology

DOI

ISSN

0033-8419

Publication Date

April 2002

Volume

223

Issue

1

Start / End Page

229 / 238

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Ultrasonography
  • Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aged
  • Adult
  • 3202 Clinical sciences