American Thyroid Association

Performance of Elastography for the Evaluation of Thyroid Nodules: A Prospective Study

In the ultrasound evaluation of masses, elastography measures stiffness, which may predict malignancy. We prospectively tested the hypothesis that TN stiffness, as measured by strain elastography (SE), is an independent predictor of thyroid cancer (TC) in unselected TNs.In 706 unselected patients with 912 TNs meeting the ATA criteria for a fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB), we first performed conventional thyroid ultrasound and SE.