The Diagnostic Value of Shear Wave Elastography
Thyroid Nodule
Conditions: official terms
Thyroid Nodule
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Name: Shear Wave Elastography (SWE)
Type: Procedure
Overall Status
Background: The main goal when diagnosing thyroid nodules, is to differentiate the few malignant from the overwhelming background of benign nodules. Currently available pre-operative tests are unable to rule out malignancy in a subset of patients and diagnostic thyroid surgery is necessary. Therefore, there is a need to develope the diagnostic tools for pre-operative diagnostic work-up of thyroid nodules.

The study will investigate a novel ultrasonographic technique called Shear Wave Elastography (SWE) in the pre-operative evaluation of thyroid nodules.


To evaluate the diagnostic value of SWE in the pre-operative diagnosis of thyroid nodules in a tertiary surgical center.


An optimization of the pre-operative risk-stratification and diagnosis of thyroid nodules can reduce unnecessary thyroid surgery, with a reduction in morbidity and better use of the economic and surgical resources.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Nodules in the thyroid size more than 1 cm and patient undergoing thyroid surgery

Exclusion Criteria:

- Not undergoing thyroid surgery
Øre-Næse-Halsafdeling H, Aarhus University Hospital
Aarhus C, Denmark
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Kristine Z Rubeck, MD - +45 7846 3175 -
Start Date
April 2014
Completion Date
April 2020
University of Aarhus
University of Aarhus
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