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US in Oncology: Applications and Pitfalls (An Interactive Session)

Time:

08:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Authors:

Carol Beer Benson, MD, Peter Michael Doubilet, Carol Beer Benson, and Ronald Steven Adler

Code: RC218

Objective:

This session has three sections. The first, Thyroid and Neck Masses, discusses the likelihood of cancer in patients with solitary and multiple thyroid nodules. It highlights the probability that a thyroid nodule is malignant, based on its sonographic characteristics. Attendees will learn the recommendations of various professional societies about which thyroid nodules should be biopsied. The second section is Gynecologic Tumors, which highlights the role of transvaginal ultrasound for diagnosing and excluding endometrial cancer. Attendees will understand the difficulty of distinguishing uterine leiomyosarcomas from uterine fibroids. This section also mentions the sonographic features that are used to diagnose and exclude ovarian cancer. Attendees will learn the use of spectral and color Doppler in the assessment of ovarian masses and how the assessment can be used to predict the likelihood the ovarian mass is malignant. The third section is Musculoskeletal Masses, which describes the sonographic appearance of common soft tissue masses. Attendees will learn how to distinguish solid from cystic masses. This section lists the current roles and indications of sonography as a screening tool and for sonographic characterization of soft tissue masses, which can further aid in diagnosis and therapy.

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