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Clinical Application of Shear Wave Elastography in Patients with Breast Cancer
J Surg Ultrasound 2018;5:33-38
Published online November 30, 2018
© 2018 The Korean Surgical Ultrasound Society

Hyun Jo Youn, Sang Yull Kang, Sung Hoo Jung

Division of BreastㆍThyroid Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Korea
Correspondence to: Sung Hoo Jung
Division of BreastㆍThyroid Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chonbuk National University Medical School, 20 Geonji-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju 54907, Korea
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E-mail: shjung@jbnu.ac.kr
Received July 23, 2018; Revised September 28, 2018; Accepted October 7, 2018.
Journal of Surgical Ultrasound is an Open Access Journal. All articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Elastography is an imaging modality for assessing tissue differences regarding stiffness or elasticity for what was historically assessed manually by clinical palpation. Shear wave elastography (SWE) is a recently developed ultrasound technique that can visualize and measure tissue elasticity. Combined with conventional B-mode ultrasonography, SWE can potentially evaluate the elasticity of a breast lesion and help to distinguish malignant breast tumors from benign ones. SWE provides high quality images for diagnosing breast cancer, which eventually helps reduce false-positive results and avoids unnecessary biopsies. More recently, SWE been proven useful for the diagnosis of breast cancer, and has been shown to provide valuable information that can be used as a predictor of the response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy or prognosis. This article reviews the clinical application and current role of SWE in patients with breast cancer.
Keywords : Elasticity imaging techniques, Breast neoplasms, Ultrasonography


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