Correlation between sonographic findings and clinicopathologic and biologic features of pure ductal carcinoma in situ in 691 patients

Marion E. Scoggins, Patricia S. Fox, Henry M. Kuerer, Gaiane M. Rauch, Ana P. Benveniste, Young Mi Park, Sara A. Lari, Savitri Krishnamurthy, Wei T. Yang

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Objective. The objective of our study was to compare the sonographic features of pure ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) lesions with the initial clinical presentation and histopathologic findings. Materials and Methods. The images and records of 691 patients with pure DCIS who underwent preoperative mammography and whole-breast sonography as part of staging workup in a single institution from January 1, 1996, through July 31, 2009, were reviewed. The BI-RADS sonography lexicon was used when reviewing the sonographic studies. Histopathologic features recorded included estrogen receptor (ER) status, nuclear grade, and presence or absence of comedonecrosis. Statistical comparisons were made using the Student t test, chi-square test, Fisher exact test, Kruskal-Wallis or Wilcoxon rank sum test, multiple logistic regression analysis, and Pearson correlation coefficient. Results. A total of 304 (44%) tumors were visible on mammography and sonography; 315 (46%), on mammography only; 58 (8%), on sonography only; and 14 (2%), on neither mammography nor sonography. The most common sonographic appearance of DCIS was an irregular hypoechoic mass with indistinct margins and normal posterior features that was indistinguishable from invasive carcinoma. Patients with symptomatic high-nuclear-grade DCIS, dense breasts, and comedonecrosis were younger and had larger tumors on sonography than asymptomatic women with nondense breasts and low-nuclear-grade and noncomedo DCIS. Women with ER-negative DCIS were older and had larger tumors on sonography than women with ER-positive DCIS. ER-negative tumors were more frequently visible on sonography than ER-positive tumors (p = 0.007). High-grade DCIS (p > 0.0001) and comedo DCIS (p > 0.0001) presented more frequently as microcalcifications, architectural distortion, and ductal changes on sonography than low-grade DCIS or noncomedo DCIS. Conclusion. Of the 691 pure DCIS lesions, 362 (52%) were visible on sonography and presented most commonly as a mass. Lesion visibility of DCIS on sonography was not related to nuclear grade or the presence of comedonecrosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)878-888
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Breast neoplasm
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ
  • Mammography
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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