This retrospective study was undertaken to evaluate the role of intraoperative ultrasound in breast-conserving surgery of nonpalpable breast cancer.
The data about 125 patients with preoperatively diagnosed breast cancer operated with the help of intraoperative ultrasound between January 2009 and December 2012 were retrospectively analyzed.
The mean volume of the excised tissue was 42.1 cm3 (± 22.0 cm3). Immediate re-excision after ultrasound examination of the excised tissue was performed in 27 patients (21.6 %). Secondary procedure owing to positive histological margins was necessary only in four patients (3.2 %).
Intraoperative ultrasound offers some advantages in comparison with other localization techniques for nonpalpable breast cancer surgery.