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Breast elasticity: principles, technique, results: an update and overview of commercially available software
Eur J Radiol
1872-7727 (Electronic)0720-048X (Linking)
Balleyguier, CCanale, SBen Hassen, WVielh, PBayou, E HMathieu, M CUzan, CBourgier, CDromain, CengReviewIreland2012/03/27 06:00Eur J Radiol. 2013 Mar;82(3):427-34. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2012.03.001. Epub 2012 Mar 24.
Breast ultrasound elasticity evaluation has become a routine tool in addition to diagnostic ultrasound during the last five years. Two elasticity evaluation modes are currently available: free-hand elastography and shear-wave elastography (SWE). Most of the commercially available elastography scanners have specific procedures which must be understood by the users. Free-hand elastography usually displays qualitative imaging such as an elastogram, but most of the companies now use it to quantify the relative stiffness between a lesion and the surrounding breast tissue. SWE is a new mode theoretically independent of the sonographer which displays more quantitative information, and can be useful for characterizing breast lesions. Recent studies on elastography suggest that elasticity imaging can increase B-mode accuracy and specificity in differentiating benign and malignant breast lesions. This functional imaging mode could help reduce the number of biopsies performed for benign breast lesions. This review gives a detailed description of the main commercially available systems and the results of current applications in the evaluation of breast elasticity.
*Algorithms, Breast Neoplasms/*physiopathology/*ultrasonography, Elastic Modulus, Elasticity Imaging Techniques/*methods, Female, Humans, Image Enhancement/methods, Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted/*methods, Reproducibility of Results, Sensitivity and Specificity, *Software, Ultrasonography, Mammary/*methods
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