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A group of interested clinicians were invited to present their views on the scientific potential and clinical aspects of ultrasonic tissue characterization. This report contains accounts of the presentations. Clinical applications include the estimation of the attenuation coefficient for the diagnosis and differentiation of diffuse liver diseases; additional analyses of the echographic images by statistical methods, producing ever-higher significance levels; the employment of ultrasonic tissue characterization in the diagnosis (even of female carriers) of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, in the monitoring and diagnosis of rickets of prematurity, and in the diagnosis of breast neoplasms, ischaemic myocardial disease and diffuse liver disease (by measuring the speed of sound in the liver). The scientific papers deal with methods of estimating the attenuation coefficient, the backscattering properties of tissues and image parameters, and the results of in vitro correlation studies of histology and ultrasonic measurements (dentin vs. speed of sound, histology vs. spectral artefacts). The processing of echographic images is highlighted, and the development of special transducers for ultrasonic tissue characterization is discussed.

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Authors: THIJSSEN J M (EDITOR), University of Nijmegen, Faculty of Medicine, Nijmegen (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11816 EN (1988)
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ISBN: ISBN 92-825-9056-9;CD-NA-
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