›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (12): 1472-.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2019.12.022

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Pathologic basis and application progress of ultrasound elasticity imaging technique in differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions

HU Wen-jie, LI Fan, BAI Min   

  1. Department of Ultrasound, Shanghai First People’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200080, China
  • Online:2019-12-28 Published:2020-02-06
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, 81671687

Abstract: At present, breast cancer has become the most common female malignancy badly threatening health around the world, which suggests that early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. As a new ultrasound technique, ultrasonic elastography (UE) has developed rapidly and been applied widely. UE provides more significant information about tissue elasticity characteristics on the basis of B-mode ultrasound, and elasticity imagings show stiffness distribution of tissues directly. At the same time, tissue elasticity characteristics are closely associated with pathological component. Therefore, UE provides an important basis for clinical differential diagnosis of breast lesions. This paper reviews pathologic basis and application progress of UE in differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions.

Key words: ultrasound elasticity imaging technique, benign and malignant breast lesions, pathologic basis