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Recent publications
1.Dobruch-Sobczak K., Gumińska A., Bakuła-Zalewska E., Mlosek K., Słapa R.Z., Wareluk P., Krauze A., Ziemiecka A., Migda B., Jakubowski W., Dedecjus M., Shear wave elastography in medullary thyroid carcinoma diagnostics, Journal of Ultrasonography, ISSN: 2084-8404, DOI: 10.15557/JoU.2015.0033, Vol.15, pp.358-367, 2015

Shear wave elastography (SWE) is a modern method for the assessment of tissue stiffness. There has been a growing interest in the use of this technique for characterizing thyroid focal lesions, including preoperative diagnostics. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the clinical usefulness of SWE in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) diagnostics. Materials and methods: A total of 169 focal lesions were identified in the study group (139 patients), including 6 MTCs in 4 patients (mean age: 45 years). B-mode ultrasound and SWE were performed using Aixplorer (SuperSonic, Aix-en-Provence), with a 4–15 MHz linear probe. The ultrasound was performed to assess the echogenicity and echostructure of the lesions, their margin, the halo sign, the height/width ratio (H/W ratio), the presence of calcifications and the vascularization pattern. This was followed by an analysis of maximum and mean Young’s (E) modulus values for MTC (EmaxLR, EmeanLR) and the surrounding thyroid tissues (EmaxSR, EmeanSR), as well as mean E-values (EmeanLRz) for 2 mm region of interest in the stiffest zone of the lesion. The lesions were subject to pathological and/or cytological evaluation. Results: The B-mode assessment showed that all MTCs were hypoechogenic, with no halo sign, and they contained micro- and/ or macrocalcifications. Ill-defined lesion margin were found in 4 out of 6 cancers; 4 out of 6 cancers had a H/W ratio > 1. Heterogeneous echostructure and type III vascularity were found in 5 out of 6 lesions. In the SWE, the mean value of EmaxLR for all of the MTCs was 89.5 kPa and (the mean value of EmaxSR for all surrounding tissues was) 39.7 kPa Mean values of EmeanLR and EmeanSR were 34.7 kPa and 24.4 kPa, respectively. The mean value of EmeanLRz was 49.2 kPa. Conclusions: SWE showed MTCs as stiffer lesions compared to the surrounding tissues. The lesions were qualified for fine needle aspiration biopsy based on B-mode assessment. However, the diagnostic algorithm for MTC is based on the measurement of serum calcitonin levels, B-mode ultrasound and FNAB.


medullary thyroid carcinoma, thyroid, ultrasound, shear wave elastography

Dobruch-Sobczak K.-IPPT PAN
Gumińska A.-other affiliation
Dedecjus M.-Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology (PL)
Bakuła-Zalewska E.-Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology (PL)
Mlosek K.-Medical University of Warsaw (PL)
Słapa R.Z.-other affiliation
Wareluk P.-Medical University of Warsaw (PL)
Krauze A.-other affiliation
Ziemiecka A.-other affiliation
Migda B.-other affiliation
Jakubowski W.-other affiliation