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Three-dimensional Power Doppler Ultrasonography for Discriminating Benign from Malignant Ovarian Tumors: Current Experience

Juan Luis Alcázar

Keywords : Adnexal masses,Power Doppler ultrasound and Threedimensional ultrasound

Citation Information : Alcázar JL. Three-dimensional Power Doppler Ultrasonography for Discriminating Benign from Malignant Ovarian Tumors: Current Experience. Donald School J Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2008; 2 (2):17-26.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10009-1054

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2008; The Author(s).


The differential diagnosis of adnexal masses still constitutes a major clinical challenge. B-mode ultrasonography is the most used imaging technique and it is the base for this differential diagnosis with acceptable results in terms of sensitivity but a relatively high false positive rate for predicting ovarian cancer. The role of pulsed Doppler remains controversial and seems to be not reproducible in clinical practice. In the last years, a new technology such as 3D ultrasound—both morphology and 3D Angio power Doppler—has become available for discriminating between benign and malignant ovarian tumors. In this article I aim to review critically recent literature of this topic.

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