Li-Qiang Zhou, Jia-Yu Wang, Ge-Ge Wu, Qi Wei, You-Bin Deng, Xin-Wu Cui, Christoph F Dietrich, Sino-German Tongji-Caritas Research Center of Ultrasound in Medicine, Department of Medical Ultrasound, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, Hubei Province, China
Song-Yuan Yu, Department of Ultrasound, Tianyou Hospital Affiliated to Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430030, Hubei Province, China
Xing-Long Wu, School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Wuhan Textitle University, Wuhan 430200, Hubei Province, China
Christoph F Dietrich, Medical Clinic 2, Caritas-Krankenhaus Bad Mergentheim, Academic Teaching Hospital of the University of Würzburg, Würzburg 97980, Germany
Author contributions: Cui XW established the design and conception of the paper; Zhou LQ, Wang JY, Yu SY, Wu GG, Wei Q, Deng YB, Wu XL, Cui XW, and Dietrich CF explored the literature data; Zhou LQ provided the first draft of the manuscript, which was discussed and revised critically for intellectual content by Zhou LQ, Wang JY, Yu SY, Wu GG, Wei Q, Deng YB, Wu XL, Cui XW, and Dietrich CF; all authors discussed the statement and conclusions and approved the final version to be published.
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Corresponding author: Xin-Wu Cui, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Sino-German Tongji-Caritas Research Center of Ultrasound in Medicine, Department of Medical Ultrasound, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1095, Jiefang Avenue, Wuhan 430030, Hubei Province, China. email@example.com
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Received: November 25, 2018
Peer-review started: November 26, 2018
First decision: December 12, 2018
Revised: December 24, 2018
Accepted: January 9, 2019
Article in press: January 9, 2019
Published online: February 14, 2019