Clinical Applications of Quantitative Ultrasonography
This session will address present and future applications of quantitation in ultrasonography. Quantitation is a recent trend in imaging in general, and there aremany exciting new applications for quantitation in ultrasound. This lecture will include discussions of quantitation in elastography, including both strain and shear wave estimates for such applications as breast and prostate tumor characterization, liver fibrosis, and the differentiation between fibrosis and edema/inflammation in Crohn's disease. New 2-dimensional arrays are opening up a whole field of real-time quantitative flow imaging. Examples of new developments in 3-dimensional ultrasound to measure umbilical cord blood flow, cardiac output, and stroke volume will be presented.