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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to assess the performance of shear wave elastography combined with BI-RADS classification of greyscale ultrasound images for benign/malignant differentiation in a large group of patients. METHODS One hundred and seventy-five consecutive patients with solid breast masses on routine ultrasonography undergoing(More)
BACKGROUND Response of invasive breast cancer to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) is variable, and prediction of response is imperfect. We aimed to ascertain whether tissue stiffness in breast cancers, as assessed by shear-wave elastography (SWE) before treatment, is associated with response. METHODS We retrospectively compared pre-treatment tumour mean(More)
There is a large body of evidence supporting 2-yearly screening of women aged 50-69 years. There is good evidence for a mortality reduction from mammographic screening in women aged 40 to 49 years but a 1-year interval is required. The lack of specificity of screening in young women does remain a problem. There is no evidence to suggest that a single screen(More)
AIM To compare the diagnostic accuracy of standard screening images plus single-view digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), using Siemens DBT equipment, with standard screening images plus supplementary mammographic views in non-calcific, screen-detected mammographic abnormalities. MATERIALS AND METHODS Participants were unselected women aged 50-69 years(More)
OBJECTIVES Shear wave elastography (SWE) is a promising adjunct to greyscale ultrasound in differentiating benign from malignant breast masses. The purpose of this study was to characterise breast cancers which are not stiff on quantitative SWE, to elucidate potential sources of error in clinical application of SWE to evaluation of breast masses. METHODS(More)
AIM To assess how accurately the sentinel lymph node (SLN) can be identified percutaneously, using gamma probe and ultrasound technology. MATERIALS AND METHODS Women with breast cancer, scheduled for wide local excision or mastectomy with SLN biopsy (SLNB), were included. Peri-areolar intradermal injection of technetium-99 nanocolloid was performed on the(More)
AIM To investigate the contribution of shear-wave elastography (SWE) in diagnosing invasive lobular breast cancer (ILC) in symptomatic patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective case-controlled study of 52 patients with ILC and 52 patients with invasive ductal cancer (IDC), matched for age and tumour size, was performed. Breast density and(More)
AIM To assess whether an additional histopathological examination of ultrasound-guided core biopsy (USCB)/fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of abnormal axillary lymph nodes (ALN) can improve the preoperative diagnosis of axillary nodal metastasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS Women with suspected invasive breast cancer and abnormal axillary ultrasound (AUS), but(More)
AIM To determine the diagnostic yield of each of three core passes when sampling abnormal lymph nodes in patients presenting with breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS All patients suspected of having breast cancer had axillary ultrasound as part of initial assessment. Radiologically abnormal nodes (cortical thickness >2.3mm or round shape) were biopsied(More)