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Absent guilt; acting in Good Faith with no knowledge of defects, objections, or inculpative circumstances.

A person accused of and prosecuted for the commission of a crime is presumed innocent until proved guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

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adj. without guilt (not guilty). Usually the plea which an accused criminal defendant gives to the court at the time of his/her first appearance (or after a continued appearance). Such pleas often disturb the public in cases in which guilt seems obvious from the start. However, everyone is entitled to a fair trial, and the innocent plea gives defense lawyers an opportunity to investigate, find extenuating circumstances, develop reasons punishment should be lenient, bargain with the District Attorney, and let the memories of witnesses fade. (See: plea, plea bargain, arraignment)

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Suspicious features for malignancy include irregular shape, irregular margins, micro-calcifications, depth greater than width, and markedly hypoechoic solid lesions.9 The British Thyroid Association (BTA) classified TNs into 5 categories; U1 = normal thyroid gland, U2 = benign TN, U3 = intermediate/equivocal TN, U4 = suspicious TN, and U5 = malignant TN.10 Both EU-TIRADS and BTA help physicians and radiologists in predicting the nature of thyroid lesions and selecting patients for fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology.
The goal of the present study was to prospectively examine VTIQ SWE and B-mode and Doppler US, individually and combined, for their ability to differentiate benign and malignant CLNs.
The data related to benign ovarian neoplasms as well as malignant ovarian tumours diagnosed on the basis of their histopathological features.
Therefore, in a patient with cancer, the differentiation between benign and malign effusion is of great importance.
Of the 136 ovarian tumours 92 cases were benign (67.6%), 3 were borderline (2.2%) and 41 were malignant (30.2%) based on histopathological examination.
The research, published in the Annals of Oncology journal, found that the CNN missed fewer melanomas and misdiagnosed benign moles less often than a group of human dermatologists.
Researchers from The Ohio State University found that among 47 indeterminate cases that underwent Afirma GSC testing, the next-generation test identified nearly three fourths (72.3%) of the patients as benign. This was significantly higher than the nearly half (48.4%) that were identified as benign by GEC testing from 2011 thorough mid-2017.
Key Words: Breast lumps, Fibroadenoma, Benign breast disorders, Fine needle aspiration cytology
However, MRI has limited specificity with an overlap in the appearance of benign and malignant lesions.
Ultrasonography (USG) is considered the primary imaging modality for confirmation of the ovarian origin of the mass and characterization of the nature of the mass as benign or malignant.