Advanced Ultrasound in Diagnosis and Therapy ›› 2020, Vol. 4 ›› Issue (4): 284-290.doi: 10.37015/AUDT.2020.200001

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Application of Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis and Management of Papillary Thyroid Microcarcinoma

Kun Huang, MDa, Ji-Bin Liu, MDb,*()   

  1. a Department of Ultrasound, The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China
    b Jefferson Ultrasound and Radiology Education Institute, Department of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Received:2019-12-31 Online:2020-12-30 Published:2020-09-29
  • Contact: Ji-Bin Liu, MD,


Thyroid carcinoma is the most common malignant tumor of the endocrine system. Nearly 90% of thyroid carcinomas are papillary type, of which many are thyroid papillary microcarcinoma (PTMC) with a maximum diameter≤1 cm. Highresolution ultrasound imaging plays an important role in evaluating PTMC and guiding biopsy for pathology as well as appropriate treatment. This review paper discusses the ultrasonography features of PTMC and explores the clinical value of ultrasonography with gene testing in the diagnosis and management of PTMC.

Key words: Thyroid; Papillary thyroid microcarcinoma; Ultrasonography; Gene; Diagnosis; Treatment