Latest Advances in Breast Sonography
With technological improvements in transducer technology and signal processing, breast sonography has
become an essential modality in breast imaging. Technical advances aiming to improve the sensitivity and specificity of
sonographic evaluation are still ungoing, and most of these advances are available for clinical use, while some are not yet
ready for clinical application.
In this article, recently published studies and patents reporting promising results using tissue harmonic imaging,
compound imaging, extended field-of-view imaging, Doppler sonography, contrast-enhanced sonography, elastography,
shearwave elastography, computer-aided diagnosis, automated-3D sonography, semi-automated scanning ultrasound
device integrated with a digital breast tomosynthesis system, ultrasound computed tomography system and real-time
virtual sonography with image fusion will be reviewed.
Keywords: Automated-3D ultrasound, breast imaging, compound sonography, computer-aided diagnosis, contrast-enhanced
sonography, Doppler sonography, elastography, Extended field-of-view imaging (EFV), signal processing, Tissue harmonic imaging (THI), transducer technology.
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