Shear-wave elastography shows promise for breast cancer

Shear-wave elastography is poised to become an important tool for detecting breast cancer, according to a new report by research and consulting firm GlobalData.

A noninvasive technique that measures breast tissue elasticity, shear-wave elastography helps clinicians distinguish between healthy and cancerous tissue, according to GlobalData. The technology has the potential to reduce the number of breast biopsies performed, the company said.

More clinical studies are needed to compare shear-wave elastography's diagnostic performance in different types of breast lesions, and protocols for its use need to be standardized, GlobalData noted.

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