An innovative ultrasound technique for evaluation of tumor vascularity in breast cancers: Superb micro-vascular imaging

Ah Young Park, Bo Kyoung Seo, Sang Hoon Cha, Suk Keu Yeom, Seung Wha Lee, Hwan Hoon Chung

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    Abstract

    Tumor vascularity is an important indicator for differential diagnosis, tumor growth, and prognosis. Superb micro-vascular imaging (SMI) is an innovative ultrasound technique for vascular examination that uses a multidimensional filter to eliminate clutter and preserve extremely low-velocity flows. Theoretically, SMI could depict more vessels and more detailed vascular morphology, due to the increased sensitivity of slow blood flow. Here, we report the early experience of using SMI in 21 breast cancer patients. We evaluated tumor vascular features in breast cancer and compared SMI and conventional color or power Doppler imaging. SMI was superior to color or power Doppler imaging in detecting tumor vessels, the details of vessel morphology, and both peripheral and central vascular distribution. In conclusion, SMI is a promising ultrasound technique for evaluating microvascular information of breast cancers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)210-213
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Breast Cancer
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun

    Keywords

    • Breast neoplasms
    • Doppler imaging
    • Ultrasonography

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oncology
    • Cancer Research

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