The “humble” bubble: contrast-enhanced ultrasound

Marshall, Gill, Sykes, Anne E., Berry, Jonathan and Jonker, Leon ORCID logo ORCID: (2011) The “humble” bubble: contrast-enhanced ultrasound. Radiography, 17 (4). pp. 345-349.

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The use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is increasing within the field of medical imaging. Ultrasonic contrast agent (UCA) contain gas microbubbles similar in size to red corpuscles which provide highly reflective interfaces, enabling dynamic demonstration of echogenic streams of the contrast within the anatomical area of interest on real-time grey scale ultrasound. Longevity of the microbubbles has been improved by changing their composition. The application of CEUS in the UK continues to grow, bringing it into territories historically occupied by computerised tomography (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Hence, the role of CEUS may be of interest to all diagnostic imaging practitioners. Here we summarise the mode of action and use of CEUS, and its role within a range of applications. The potential risks of CEUS are compared to other contrast-enhanced imaging techniques. The benefits of CEUS and its implications for diagnostic imaging practice are also covered.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1532-2831
Departments: Institute of Health > Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 13:43
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 10:30


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