Aims and objectives
Ultrasound is a common and non-invasive tool,
used to observe the morphological features of breast lesions,
often used as a complementary technique for mammography.
US has two major disadvantages: many solid breast lesions are indeterminate at last and required biopsy,
because of US was not adequately specific in differentiating benign from malignant solid breast masses,
and it is a technique which depends on the operator experience. Elastography is a new advance in US technology developed in...
Methods and materials
Between January and February 2014,
conventional US and elastography were performed in 22 women who had been scheduled to undergo a ultrasound guided core biopsy or FNAC.
A total of 24 lesions were evaluated with both elastographic and B-mode US,
using a 5–13 MHz linear-array transducer.
All the examinations were performed by two radiologists with different experience in breast US and elastography (first: operator with low experience; second: skilled operator).
Two radiologists performed...
A total of 22 women (aged: 29-76 years old) were enrolled in the current study; 24 lesions were examined and finally used for statistical analysis. The benign lesions sizes determined on B-mode images ranged from 7.4 mm to 30.5 mm (mean: 13.5 mm),
while the malignancies sizes ranged from 3.8 mm to 24.8 mm (mean: 9.9 mm).
Breast nodules evaluated were predominantly localized in the upper-outer quadrant (11 lesions). Histological findings showed 13 benign and 11 malignant lesions. Figures 3-4...
Aim of elastography is to improve performance of conventional B-mode ultrasound and enhance specificity and accuracy in the diagnosis of breast masses,
particularly in questionable cases,
with an examination improve of not more than 5 minutes.
According with our data,
the ASR showed similar results compared to manual acquisition and could therefore be useful,
allowing a sharp reduction of acquisition time. Future clinical indications can include evaluation of palpable abnormalities and...
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