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J Korean Radiol Soc. 1996 Jan;34(1):127-131. Korean. Original Article.
An EJ , Choi HY , Baek SY , Kim AY , Choe DH .
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Korea.

PURPOSE: We assessed the usefulness of resistive index(RI) on spectral analysis of Doppler sonography for differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 29 benign and 22 malignant lesions of breast, which were examined preoperatively with color and duplex Doppler andwere confirmed by histopathologically after operation. We analyzed the average and distribution of RI in benignand malignant lesions. RESULTS: Although, there was no difference in the average values of RI in benign and malignant breast lesions, the distribution of RI was below 0.7 in eighteen cases (62%) of benign lesions, and above 0.7 in eighteen cases (82%) of malignant lesions. Thus, RI is valuable for differentiation between benignand malignant lesions of breast. CONCLUSIONS: Measurement of RI in breast disease using color and duplex Dopplerstudy is useful modality adjunct to the conventional ultrasonographic differentiation of benign and malignantlesions.

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