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Current improvements in breast ultrasound, with a special focus on elastography

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Current improvements in the area of breast ultrasound are described. Digital beam formers contributed to improving both contrast and special resolution of B-mode images and enabled other techniques. Four-dimensinal images and CAD are still in progress. Elastography may reduce false-positives and unnecessary interventional procedures, especially in nonsymptomatic patients.

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Tohno, E., Ueno, E. Current improvements in breast ultrasound, with a special focus on elastography. Breast Cancer 15, 200–204 (2008).

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