The Role of Elastography in Diagnosis and Staging of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema

Iyigun Z. E. , Agacayak F., Ilgun A. S. , Celebi F. E. , Ordu C., Alco G., ...More

LYMPHATIC RESEARCH AND BIOLOGY, vol.17, pp.334-339, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/lrb.2018.0012
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.334-339


Background: Early detection of lymphedema gives an opportunity for effective and successful treatment of lymphedema. However, the current diagnosis methods, except the bioimpedance analysis, perometry, and indocyanine green lymphography, have limitations in detecting early stage lymphedema. Sonoelastography is a diagnostic ultrasound technique that provides an opportunity to estimate soft tissue stiffness. Shear wave elastography (SWE) is a brand new elastography technique. Unlike strain elastography, this method is conducted automatically, that is, independently of user's manual tissue compression. The aim of this study is to establish the role of sonoelastography in diagnosis and staging of lymphedema by using the SWE technique in lymphedema patients.