Clinical significance of the comet-tail artifact in thyroid ultrasound
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AbstractThe comet-tail artifact is commonly encountered in a variety of clinical conditions; however, its presence and significance in a thyroid nodule has not been documented before. We document its presence in 100 patients who underwent ultrasound examinations of the neck and thyroid. None of the thyroid nodules showed any evidence of malignancy on repeated fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). In 85% of patients with the artifact, abundant colloid was seen on FNAC, suggesting that the artifact may be related to the presence of colloid. Four different patterns of distribution of the artifact within the nodule were noted and these helped to determine the size of the needle to be used for a successful aspiration. (C) 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
All Author(s) ListAhuja A, Chick W, King W, Metreweli C
Journal nameJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Year1996
Month3
Day1
Volume Number24
Issue Number3
PublisherJOHN WILEY & SONS INC
Pages129 - 133
ISSN0091-2751
eISSN1097-0096
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordscomet-tail artifact; thyroid
Web of Science Subject CategoriesAcoustics; ACOUSTICS; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging; RADIOLOGY, NUCLEAR MEDICINE & MEDICAL IMAGING

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