Journal of Nippon Medical School
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Ultrasonographic Detective Flow Imaging for Evaluating Parathyroid Adenoma in Patients with Primary Hyperparathyroidism
Haruki AkasuTomoo JikuzonoMami MatsuiMasaomi SenMarie SaitouOsamu IshibashiIwao Sugitani
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2024 Volume 91 Issue 2 Pages 227-232


Background: Detective flow imaging (DFI) is a new imaging technology that displays low-velocity blood flow, which is difficult to visualize on conventional color Doppler ultrasonography (CDU). In this study, we compared the usefulness of DFI with that of CDU and methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (MIBI) scintigraphy for detecting parathyroid adenoma (PA) in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT). Methods: From March 2021 to March 2023, 87 PHPT patients underwent surgery, and 66 had a single PA. We performed preoperative conventional ultrasonography with CDU, MIBI scintigraphy, and DFI for 42 patients (5 males and 37 females; mean age: 61.6 ± 15.4 years). Results: MIBI scintigraphy detected PA in 85.7% (36/42) patients, and both CDU and DFI detected PA in all patients. The rates of vascularity in PA detected by CDU and DFI were 71.4% (30/42) and 85.7% (36/42), respectively. Vascularity was detected by DFI in 6 patients who were negative for vascularity on MIBI scintigraphy. Furthermore, DFI detected blood supply in 6 of the 12 patients with undetectable blood supply on CDU. Fisher's exact test revealed that high or low blood flow, as determined by DFI, was significantly associated with detection of feeding vessels in PA by CDU (P < 0.001). Conclusions: DFI was useful for preoperative detection of PA blood flow.

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