Advanced Ultrasound in Diagnosis and Therapy ›› 2022, Vol. 6 ›› Issue (3): 95-103.doi: 10.37015/AUDT.2022.210028

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Diagnostic Performance of Superb Microvascular Imaging for Breast Masses: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Zehui Fu, MDa, Siqi Wang, MDb, Jian Zhang, MDa, Yejun Lu, MDa, Xiaomin Mo, MDa, Ye He, MDa, Chong Wang, MDa, Hui Chen, MDa,*()   

  1. a Department of Ultrasound, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Changzhou, China
    b Department of Radiology, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Changzhou, China
  • Received:2021-10-16 Revised:2021-11-01 Online:2022-09-30 Published:2022-08-08
  • Contact: Hui Chen, MD,


Objective: In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of superb microvascular imaging (SMI) for breast masses through a meta-analysis.

Methods: PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science Core Collection databases, as well as the most comprehensive Chinese academic databases in medicine, such as China Biology Medicine Disc, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and Wanfang Database, were systematically searched. All included studies used histopathological results as the reference standard. To assess the diagnostic performance, we calculated the pooled sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratio (LR+), negative likelihood ratio (LR-), diagnostic odds ratio (DOR), and the area under the curve (AUC). In addition, a subgroup meta-regression analysis was performed to investigate the heterogeneity.

Results: Fourteen of 1,075 identified articles were included in the current review. The pooled sensitivity, specificity, LR+, LR-, and DOR for SMI were 0.85 (95% CI: 0.79-0.89), 0.80 (95% CI: 0.71-0.87), 4.3 (95% CI: 2.9-6.2), 0.19 (95% CI 0.14-0.26), and 22 (95% CI: 14-36), respectively. The AUC was 0.90 (0.87 - 0.92). Meta-regression showed that there were heterogeneities for sensitivity, but not for specificity.

Conclusions: SMI had good sensitivity, specificity, and excellent diagnostic value in distinguishing benign breast masses from malignant masses and could potentially help select suspicious breast masses for surgery.

Key words: Breast; Superb microvascular imaging; Diagnosis; Meta-analysis