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Title: On the safety of elastography in fetal medicine: A preliminary study of hypoacusia
Authors: Massó, Paloma
Molina, Francisca
Rus Carlborg, Guillermo
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Elastography is a promising technology to provide additional clinical information on the cervical effacement to that obtained from Bishop test and conventional cervicometry by ultrasounds. Among the different techniques, transient, or acoustic radiation force elastography (ARFE) is becoming the most common commercial elastography technique. However, the high intensity of thr beam that ARFE emits to generate the necessary concentrated burst of acoustic radiation [1] to induce a tractable shear oscillatory displacement (see Figure 1), has raised some concerns about its potential teratogenous effects during pregnancy. This letter is aimed at opening a debate to assess the safety of this type of elastography, and in particular to provide a preliminary screening of cochlear damage in exposed fetus.
Sponsorship: This research was supported by the Ministry of Education DPI2014-51870-R, DPI2010-17065 and UNGR15-CE-3664, Ministry of Health DTS15/00093 and PI16/00339, and Junta de Andalucía P11-CTS-8089 and GGI3000IDIB projects.
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Description: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Massó, P.; Molina, F.; Rus Carlborg, G. On the safety of elastography in fetal medicine: A preliminary study of hypoacusia. Ultrasound in Obstetric and Gynaecology: accepted author manuscript (2017), which has been published in final form at http://doi.dx.org/10.1002/uog.17429 . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Elastography
Acoustic radiation force elastography (ARFE)
Pregnancy
Teratogenous
Hypoacusia
Cervical stiffness
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/44845
ISSN: 1469-0705
0960-7692
Citation: Massó, P.; Molina, F.; Rus Carlborg, G. On the safety of elastography in fetal medicine: A preliminary study of hypoacusia. Ultrasound in Obstetric and Gynaecology: accepted author manuscript (2017). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/44845]
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