Early diagnosis and classification of breast cancer is a critical step in choosing appropriate treatment plan. An ultrasound (US) elastography method for unifocal and multifocal breast cancer is presented. While this technique uses full inversion approach, it is cost-effective, fast, and expected to be more sensitive and specific than conventional US based elastography methods. This technique is capable of imaging absolute Young’s modulus (YM) of the tumour in real-time fashion, in contrast with other conventional elastography techniques that image relative elastic modulus off-line. To validate the proposed technique, numerical and tissue mimicking phantom studies were conducted. In the tissue mimicking study, a block shape gelatine-agar phantom was constructed with a cylindrical inclusion located deep inside the phantom. Results obtained from this study show accurate reconstruction of the YM with average error of less than 3%. The numerical phantom study has been extended for multifocal cases with average errors less than 6%.
Realtime Ultrasound Elastography Technique for Multifocal Breast Cancer Assessment
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Shavakh, S, Fenster, A, & Samani, A. "Realtime Ultrasound Elastography Technique for Multifocal Breast Cancer Assessment." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. November 12–18, 2010. pp. 847-852. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2010-38736
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