Progress in Freehand Elastography of the Breast

Jeffrey C. BAMBER  Paul E. BARBONE  Nigel L. BUSH  David O. COSGROVE  Marvin M. DOYELY  Frank G. FUECHSEL  Paul M. MEANEY  Naomi R. MILLER  Tsuyoshi SHIINA  Francois TRANQUART  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E85-D   No.1   pp.5-14
Publication Date: 2002/01/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Measurements and Visualization Technology of Biological Information)
freehand,  elasticity,  imaging,  ultrasound,  perception,  

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A digest is provided of work carried out at the Institute of Cancer Research to develop freehand elastography and apply it to breast investigations. Topics covered include the development of freehand elastography and its relationship to other methods, a description of the system for off-line clinical evaluation of the freehand method, comparison of the physical performances of freehand and mechanical elastography, early clinical results on 70 breast tumours, real-time imaging, quantitative elastography and psychophysical aspects of the detection and assessment of elastic lesions. Progress in developing this new medical imaging modality is occurring rapidly throughout the world and its future looks promising.