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European Journal of Dermatology


Subungual glomus tumour: evaluation of ultrasound imaging in preoperative assessment Volume 17, issue 1, January-February 2007


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Department of Dermatology, Surugadai Nihon University Hospital, 1-8-13 kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8309, Japan, Tomita Clinic, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba, Japan, Department of Internal Medicine, Surugadai Nihon University Hospital, 1-8-13 kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8309, Japan
  • Key words: B-flow, B-mode, C-mode, Color Doppler, subungual glomus tumour, ultrasound
  • DOI : 10.1684/ejd.2007.0190
  • Page(s) : 67-9
  • Published in: 2007

For an evaluation of the preoperative assessment of subungual glomus tumours, a non-invasive examination of the lesion is desirable. Previous studies, however, have not clearly demonstrated these findings. We examined two cases of subungual glomus tumours and applied the 5~14 MHz broadband B-mode and C-mode ultrasound imaging methods combined with Color Doppler imaging (CDI) and B-flow imaging (BFI) to clarify the significance of the preoperative assessment. We confirmed the tumour’s localization, size and depth, using B-mode and C-mode imaging; and tumour vascularity using CDI and BFI. BFI is a newly developed ultrasound technique that enhances the B-mode imaging quality of the blood flow, including high-frame-rate and high-spatial-resolution imagings. BFI revealed the exact fine blood vessels within the subungual small tumour with no blooming compared to CDI. Our results indicate that these ultrasound scanning imagings are non-invasive and nonionizing evaluation methods, and that an accurate preoperative diagnosis using these methods will result in more effective surgical excision and relief.