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We are proud of the reputation we’ve built over the last decade as an industry leader in OB/GYN Imaging. Known for our excellent image quality, superior system reliability and intuitive use of cutting edge technology, we remain the ideal choice for exceptional diagnostic ultrasound imaging in the field of Women's Healthcare. Our focused dedication to diagnostic ultrasound imaging allows us to offer a wide range of products to meet the needs of every Women’s Healthcare professional. From our super premium systems, to our elegantly designed office-based systems, we have a solution for almost every practice size and diagnostic requirement.
4D imaging is supported on all platforms by dedicated lightweight, ergonomic transducers to cover the full gestational range. Features that increase the diagnostic value of this modality include Real-time high definition 3D, advanced modes such as MPR / MULTISCAN, and easy storage and retrieval of 3D volume data.
Real-time Tissue Elastography (RTE)
In breast applications, Real-time Tissue Elastography has been shown to improve the accuracy in differentiating between benign and malignant tumours, especially for tumours less than 1 cm, and to improve the specificity compared to US BIRADS classification for benign lesions. As a result, elastography can reduce the biopsy rate in atypical cysts, and may suggest appropriate workup for cancers with an atypical presentation. Preliminary data has shown that the normal cervix is “softer” on elastography in comparison with patients with cancer of the cervix.
Radial Ductal Echography
The role of ultrasound in breast investigation is limited by different factors: its analysis and interpretation present several difficulties, the results are often not easily reproduced, and the quality is highly dependent on the skill of the operator. Moreover, in conventional breast ultrasound, transverse and longitudinal scans are performed perpendicularly to the ductal course.
This mode of scanning cannot match the radial arrangement of the breast anatomy. Cancers are detected only when they have sufficient volume, show abnormal contrast and are perceptible whatever the orientation of the sweep.
An anatomically led method of investigation based on the identification of the internal mammary structures, Ductal Echography, was introduced in 1987 by Dr Teboul. This technique is based on radial scanning with scans performed along the ductal axis. With this technique, the observer actively investigates the epithelial structures by systematically following the ductal system in each mammary lobe. Ductal Echography allows the practitioner to visualize, delineate and hence to differentiate the lobe, Cooper’s ligaments, the fasciae (superficialis and pectoralis), the fat tissue and the chest wall.
This technique offers huge advantages:
- Understanding of the anatomy
- Analysis of any changes in the lobes or ducts
- Detection of pre-tumoural or suspicious lesions at a very early stage
- Good reproducibility
- Accurate localisation of the lesion
To perform a radial scanning technique around the nipple, a long linear, high frequency transducer, such as the L53L is the best choice. In addition, a fixed waterbag is available providing:
- Perfect contact between the skin and the transducer as the water-bag conforms to the shape of the breast.
- Reduction of artefacts from the skin and shadowing behind the Cooper’s ligaments.
- Better visualization of the ducts within the nipple and good visualization behind the areolar region
- Improved contrast resolution
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- Recommended reading:
M. Teboul, Practical ductal echography, guide to intelligent and intelligible ultrasonic imaging of the breast, editorial Medgen, 2004, pp. 15-98