Accuracy and Reproducibility of Sonoelastography for the Assessment of Fibroids and Adenomyosis, with Magnetic Resonance Imaging as Reference Standard

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The aims of this prospective diagnostic evaluation study were (i) to estimate the inter-observer agreement and reproducibility of real-time sonoelastography and real-time gray-scale ultrasound in the measurement of uterine and fibroid volumes; (ii) to evaluate the agreement between real-time gray-scale ultrasound, sonoelastography and magnetic resonance imaging with respect to these outcomes; and (iii) to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of sonoelastography in the diagnosis of uterine pathology on stored sonoelastography and gray-scale cine loops. Women without a history of uterine pathology and with the diagnosis intrauterine fibroids or adenomyosis were included. All participants underwent gray-scale ultrasound, sonoelastography and magnetic resonance imaging. Compression sonoelastography was found to have high inter-observer and inter-method agreement for the measurement of uterine and fibroid volumes. The addition of sonoelastography to gray-scale ultrasound seems to be useful in the differentiation between fibroids, adenomyosis and normal uteri as reflected by an increase in accuracy and diagnostic agreement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1654-1663
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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