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ECR 2013 / C-0983
Can contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) distinguish benign from malignant soft-tissue masses? Prelimirary results
Congress: ECR 2013
Poster No.: C-0983
Type: Scientific Exhibit
Keywords: Musculoskeletal soft tissue, Oncology, Ultrasound, Ultrasound-Power Doppler, Contrast agent-intravenous, Neoplasia
Authors: A. De Marchi, S. Pozza, E. Brach del Prever, P. De Petro, P. Balocco, R. Piana, A. Linari, C. Faletti; Turin/IT


All patients tollerated the sonographical examination well without side effects related to ultrasound contrast agent. Eighty-eight benign and 117 malignant lesions were diagnosed by histology. In all masses, seven different CEUS patterns and three different vascular timing were observed. 90% of the malignant lesions (105/117) show a rapid early time of vascularisation (arterial phase) and  60% (70/117) an inhomogenous enhancement pattern with avascular areas.  Only 20% of benign lesions (11/88) show a pattern similar to malignant lesions and 50% (44/88) showed a rapid time vascularization: histologically, these last arterial pattern was characteristic of arterio-venous malformation and hemangioma (Fig. 4, 5, 6).

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