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Elastography as a new diagnostic tool to detect breast cancer – evaluation of research and clinical applications

Paweł Rzymski
Tomasz Opala

Przegląd Menopauzalny 2011; 5: 357–362
Online publish date: 2011/11/05
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Mammography and ultrasonography are currently the most sensitive methods for detecting breast cancer, but elastography is a new diagnostic tool. Stiffness of invasive carcinomas were found to be 5-25 times larger than that of normal adipose tissue. There are basically two types of elastography examination used in initial clinical research: conventional elastography with compression and shear wave elastography. Analysis of 20 studies in the years 1997-2010 with 1484 malignant and 2822 benign breast lesions is presented in this paper. The overall sensitivity was 67-100% with specificity of 62-99% for elastography. This raises the hope of introducing this method in the BI-RADS classification and modifying diagnostics in category 3-4.

elastography, breast cancer, ultrasound, sonoelastography, cancer detection

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