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Eur J Radiol. 2014 Mar;83(3):420-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2013.05.008. Epub 2013 Jun 12.

Ultrasound elastography in the evaluation of thyroid pathology. Current status.

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1
Department of Radiology, Oncology, and Anatomy Pathology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Electronic address: vito.cantisani@uniroma1.it.
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Department of Radiology, Oncology, and Anatomy Pathology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Electronic address: pietro.lodise@gmail.com.
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Department of Radiology, Oncology, and Anatomy Pathology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Electronic address: he1graz@gmail.com.
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Department of Radiology, Oncology, and Anatomy Pathology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Electronic address: ester.mancuso@libero.it.
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Department of Radiology, Oncology, and Anatomy Pathology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Electronic address: elenamaggini@yahoo.it.
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Department of Surgical Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Electronic address: giorgiodirocco@virgilio.it.
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Department of Radiology, Oncology, and Anatomy Pathology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Electronic address: ferdinando.dambrosio@uniroma1.it.
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Policlinico San Matteo, University of Pavia, Italy. Electronic address: fabrizio.calliada@gmail.com.
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Department of Surgical Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Electronic address: adriano.redler@uniroma1.it.
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Department of Radiology, Oncology, and Anatomy Pathology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Electronic address: paolo.ricci@uniroma1.it.
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Department of Radiology, Oncology, and Anatomy Pathology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Abstract

Thyroid pathology including thyroid nodules and diffuse thyroid diseases represents often a diagnosing challenge for clinicians. US, although highly accurate in identifying thyroid nodules and diffuse thyroid diseases, is still not sufficiently accurate to evaluate them. US-elastography has been introduced in order to further increase US accuracy in many fields and eventually for thyroid disease. The aim of the present paper it to provide an update of the literature on different available techniques and the results reported both for thyroid nodules differentiation and for diffuse thyroid disease evaluation. Advantages and limitations of elastography are also discussed.

KEYWORDS:

ARFI; Strain elastography; Thyroid diffuse disease; Thyroid nodules; US-elastography

PMID:
23763859
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejrad.2013.05.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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