Elastography in Dermatology

Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2016 Oct;107(8):652-60. doi: 10.1016/j.ad.2016.05.004. Epub 2016 Jun 25.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Elastography is a recently developed ultrasound technique applicable to various medical specialties. It provides information on the physical properties of tissues in the context of physiologic and pathologic alterations. In this review we explain the physical principles of the method, the information provided by the different elastography techniques, and its new applications in clinical dermatology.

Keywords: Dermatologic ultrasound; Ecografía cutánea; Ecografía dermatológica; Elastografía; Elastography; Skin ultrasound.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Dermatology / methods*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Elasticity
  • Elasticity Imaging Techniques* / instrumentation
  • Elasticity Imaging Techniques* / methods
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Metastasis / diagnostic imaging
  • Nails / diagnostic imaging
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Skin Diseases / pathology
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Stress, Mechanical