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Breast ultrasound without “false” steps

Written by Kathy J. Schilling, MD |   November 14, 2017

At a high-volume breast imaging center, the addition of elastography helps avert both false positives and false negatives.

Ultrasound screening enables physicians to find masses that are not detected on mammography as well as gain more information on mammographically identified lesions with targeted imaging. Use of the modality has increased as physicians have learned more about the challenges of mammography in dense breasts.


The ultrasound system (Aixplorer, SuperSonic Imagine) uses a technology called real-time ShearWave Elastography (SWE), which displays a color-coded map with analysis of tissue stiffness. This information allows physicians to determine with confidence if a lesion is likely to be benign or malignant based on stiffness compared to background breast tissue when used in conjunction with morphologic analysis. Malignant lesions typically are stiff, whereas benign lesions tend to be soft.

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Breast ultrasound from the patient’s perspective

By Dr Kamilia Kozlowski, October 2017, DI EUROPE

Knowing that modern mammography can miss cancer in dense breast tissue, my colleagues and I at the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center have been performing ultrasound screening since 1983 for dense breasts and indeterminate mammographic clinical findings. We recently helped pass a breast density notification law here in Tennessee. Currently in the United States, more than half of the individual states have passed legislation which requires radiologists to inform women if it is found that they have dense breasts.

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New ultrasound machine gives physiotherapy research more muscle

October 19, 2017

Improving the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries could come at the push of a button, with CQUniversity’s Physiotherapy Department discovering the potential of a new ultrasound machine.

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SuperSonic Imagine introduces Aixplorer Ultimate ultrasound system

By John Fisher, October 16, 2017, DotMed

SuperSonic Imagine introduced the latest version of its premium ultrasound system, Aixplorer Ultimate, for the first time at Journées Francophones de Radiologie (JFR 2017), hosted by the Société Française de Radiologie, between October 13 and October 16 in Paris, France

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Shear Wave Elastography — Moving Toward a New Clinical Standard in Radiology?

By David Cosgrove, MD, FRCR, FRCP, Radiology Today - Aug. 2016

Shear wave elastography (SWE), an ultrasound imaging technique that can produce 2D and 3D images and quantified measurements of tissue stiffness noninvasively, is not yet the clinical standard for assessing liver fibrosis. Two factors, one from within the medical-scientific community and one from without, are poised to change that.

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