IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 38 / Issue 2 / DOI: 10.12892/ejgo3549.2017
Open Access Review
Automated breast volume scanner (ABVS) in breast cancer – a review
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1 Health Management Center, the Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, China
2 Department of Ultrasound, Hunan Cancer Hospital, Hunan Cancer Hospital, Changsha, China
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2017 , 38(2), 184–186; https://doi.org/10.12892/ejgo3549.2017
Published: 10 April 2017
Abstract

The early detection of breast cancer is essential for its timely diagnosis and treatment. Many imaging modalities are continually being developed to screen and diagnose breast cancer at an early stage. Especially, ultrasound (US) is one of useful diagnostic tools to distinguish benign from malignant masses of the breast. However, the US image has some limitations, such as low resolution and low contrast, speckle noise, and blurry edges between various organs. Recent technological advancements in the area resulted in development of automated breast volume scanner (ABVS) that could increase the diagnostic confidence for a physician and provide a possible solution to improve the positive predictive value of breast biopsy. The purpose of the present review article was to explore the advantages and technical advancements of ABVS for diagnosing breast cancer patients.
Keywords
Breast cancer
ABVS
Ultrasound
Automation
Retraction
Ductal carcinoma
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