Hui-Peng Wang, Peng-Chao Zheng, Xue-Mei Wang, Liang Sang, Department of Ultrasound, The First Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001, Liaoning Province, China
Author contributions: Wang HP and Sang L designed the research study; Wang HP and Zheng PC performed the research; Wang HP and Wang XM collected and analyzed the data; Wang HP and Sang L wrote the manuscript; all authors reviewed and approved the manuscript.
Institutional review board statement: The study was approved by the Institutional Ethical Review Board of The First Hospital of China Medical University (Approval No. AF-SOP-07-1.1-01).
Informed consent statement: All patients provided written informed consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors of this manuscript having no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
STROBE statement: The authors have read the STROBE Statement—checklist of items, and the manuscript was prepared and revised according to the STROBE Statement—checklist of items.
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Corresponding author: Liang Sang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Doctor, Department of Ultrasound, The First Hospital of China Medical University, No. 155 Nanjing North Street, Shenyang 110001, Liaoning Province, China. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: February 27, 2023
Peer-review started: February 27, 2023
First decision: March 14, 2023
Revised: March 23, 2023
Accepted: May 6, 2023
Article in press: May 6, 2023
Published online: June 7, 2023