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In Ultrasound in medicine & biology ; h5-index 42.0

The purpose of this study was to evaluate various combinations of 13 features based on shear wave elasticity (SWE), statistical and spectral backscatter properties of tissues, along with the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS), for classification of solid breast lesions at ultrasonography by means of random forests. One hundred and three women with 103 suspicious solid breast lesions (BI-RADS categories 4-5) were enrolled. Before biopsy, additional SWE images and a cine sequence of ultrasound images were obtained. The contours of lesions were delineated, and parametric maps of the homodyned-K distribution were computed on three regions: intra-tumoral, supra-tumoral and infra-tumoral zones. Maximum elasticity and total attenuation coefficient were also extracted. Random forests yielded receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves for various combinations of features. Adding BI-RADS category improved the classification performance of other features. The best result was an area under the ROC curve of 0.97, with 75.9% specificity at 98% sensitivity.

Destrempes Fran├žois, Trop Isabelle, Allard Louise, Chayer Boris, Garcia-Duitama Julian, El Khoury Mona, Lalonde Lucie, Cloutier Guy


Breast tumors, Elasticity imaging techniques, Machine learning, Ultrasonography, Ultrasound imaging