Cosgrove D, Barr R, Bojunga J, Cantisani V, Chammas MC, Dighe M, Vinayak S, Xu JM, Dietrich CF.WFUMB Guidelines and Recommendations on the Clinical Use of Ultrasound Elastography: Part 4. Thyroid.Ultrasound Med Biol. 2017 Jan;43(1):4-26. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2016.06.022. Epub 2016 Aug 25.
The World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) has produced guidelines for the use of elastography techniques including basic science, breast and liver. Here we present elastography in thyroid diseases. For each available technique, procedure, reproducibility, results and limitations are analyzed and recommendations are given. Finally, recommendations are given based on the level of evidence of the published literature and on the WFUMB expert group’s consensus. The document has a clinical perspective and is aimed at assessing the usefulness of elastography in the management of thyroid diseases.