Table 4

Sensitivity and specificity of conventional ultrasound, Doppler and sonoelastography for the assessment of axillary LNs including conjunctive and disjunctive combinations (95% confidence intervals in brackets)
Prediction of LN status Sensitivity Specificity
B-Mode-US: Cortex >3mm 40.0 96.8
(17.5-67.1) (92.5-98.8)
Doppler-US: Pathologic vessels 14.3 95.6
(2.5-43.9) (90.8-98.1)
Clinical examination: Palpable LNs 13.3 88.4
(2.3-41.6) (82.3-92.7)
Elastogram: Cortex ″blue″ 60.0 79.6
(32.9-82.5) (72.2-85.5)
Disjunctive combination: Cortex >3mm
    or
″blue″ in the elastogram
73.3 77.5
(44.8-91.1) (69.8-83.7)
Conjunctive combination: Cortex >3mm
    and
″blue″ in the elastogram
26.7 99.3
(8.9-55.2) (95.8-100.0)

Wojcinski et al.

Wojcinski et al. BMC Medical Imaging 2012 12:35   doi:10.1186/1471-2342-12-35

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