Ultrasound Technology Increasingly Used by Breast Cancer and Other Specialists

Ultrasound is becoming an ever more valuable part of the surgeon’s toolbox, according to a story in today’s The Oncology Report.

The report liberally quotes breast cancer surgeon Dr. Jay Harness, an early adopter of ultrasound in breast surgery and coauthor of the textbook Ultrasound in Surgical Practice:

It’s a technology that I think is going to expand in use. I started using it in the 1990s, and it’s like we’ve gone from analog TV to digital.

Dr. Harness, whom the report identifies as among the first to incorporate ultrasound into his practice, today said:

“For the contemporary breast surgeon, [ultrasound] is a fundamental tool…

Ultrasound is our stethoscope.”

Dr. Harness, a breast cancer surgeon in Orange County, California, is also a member of the American College of Surgeons National Ultrasound Faculty and past-president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. He added:

In breast surgery, ultrasound is an adjunctive tool for the physical exam…

It is used for diagnostic biopsy, and it can speed up the diagnostic process.

Ultrasound also is used in the operating room, notably for procedures such as lumpectomies.

And finally, ultrasound can help guide the placement of partial breast brachyradiation therapy devices.

Dr. Harness also shared that ultrasound technology combined with other imaging techniques such as MRI provides the most complete imaging possible, given that there’s no single technology that captures everything.

Breast surgeons can obtain ultrasound certification through the American Society of Breast Surgeons, although becoming certified is not a requirement according to today’s report.

Read the full report at this link.

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