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Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound May Be an Effective Method for the Differential Diagnosis of Benign and Malignant Breast Lesions

Aunt Minnie (10/6) reports that research suggests “contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) can be an effective method for the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions, offering improvements in diagnostic accuracy over conventional breast ultrasound.” In the “meta-analysis incorporating nearly 30 studies and more than 2,000 patients,” investigators “found that contrast-enhanced ultrasound offered a combined sensitivity of 88% and specificity of 80%.” Additionally, “diagnostic performance also improved with the advent of second-generation contrast agents.” The findings were published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. 

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