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Contrast enhanced ultrasound

Shetty Sushruth, Chellappa Vijayakumar, Krishnamachari Srinivasan, Nagarajan Raj Kumar, Gopal Balasubramaniyan, Surendra K Verma, A Ramesh
Background Right iliac fossa (RIF) pain is one of the most common modalities of presentation to surgical emergency. It remains a challenge to the treating clinicians to accurately diagnose or to rule out appendicitis. Objective The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy of clinical impression, biochemical markers, and imaging in the diagnosis of RIF pain with special reference to appendicitis and their implication in reducing the negative appendicectomy rates. Methods All patients presenting to casualty with RIF pain were included in the study...
January 15, 2018: Curēus
Nancy Kim, Roxanna Juarez, Angela D Levy
In patients with end-stage renal disease, the treatment of choice for most patients is renal transplantation. Complications that occur after kidney transplant can be broadly divided into vascular and non-vascular categories. Non-vascular complications can further be divided into surgical and medical categories. When evaluating renal transplant imaging, it is helpful to consider the occurrence of complications in a timeline from time of surgery. Ultrasound is often the first modality used for evaluation of renal transplants particularly in the early postoperative period...
March 17, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Olivier Villemain, Mafalda Correia, Elie Mousseaux, Jérome Baranger, Samuel Zarka, Ilya Podetti, Gilles Soulat, Thibaud Damy, Albert Hagège, Mickael Tanter, Mathieu Pernot, Emmanuel Messas
OBJECTIVES: The goal of our study was to investigate the potential of myocardial shear wave imaging (SWI) to quantify the diastolic myocardial stiffness (MS) (kPa) noninvasively in adult healthy volunteers (HVs) and its physiological variation with age, and in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) populations with heart failure and preserved ejection function (HFpEF). BACKGROUND: MS is an important prognostic and diagnostic parameter of the diastolic function. MS is affected by physiological changes but also by pathological alterations of extracellular and cellular tissues...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Nobuyuki Kosaka, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Tetsuji Kurokawa, Tsuyoshi Matsuda, Masayuki Kanamoto, Naoyuki Takei, Kenji Takata, Jin Takahashi, Yoshio Yoshida, Hirohiko Kimura
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the vascularity of retained products of conception (RPOC) using arterial spin-labeling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL-MRI) to clarify the clinical feasibility of this approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pulsed-continuous ASL sequence with echo-planar imaging (EPI) acquisitions was used. Ten consecutive patients with RPOC were enrolled. All ASL images were evaluated visually and semiquantitatively and compared with the findings of Doppler ultrasound (US) and dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI)...
March 16, 2018: Magma
Dan Yang, Rui Li, Xiao-Hang Zhang, Chun-Lin Tang, Kuan-Sheng Ma, De-Yu Guo, Xiao-Chu Yan
This study aimed to analyze the influence of the cellular differentiation, the tumor size and the underlying hepatic condition on the enhancement pattern of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) on contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS). 276 patients with single lesion ≤ 5 cm who underwent CEUS exam and were pathologically confirmed as HCC were retrospectively enrolled. Enhancement patterns, washout patterns, wash-in time and washout time were observed and recorded. During the arterial phase, more poorly differentiated HCCs (42...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Federico Moccetti, Craig C Weinkauf, Brian P Davidson, J Todd Belcik, Edmund R Marinelli, Evan Unger, Jonathan R Lindner
The aim of this study was to evaluate a panel of endothelium-targeted microbubble (MB) ultrasound contrast agents bearing small peptide ligands as a human-ready approach for molecular imaging of markers of high-risk atherosclerotic plaque. Small peptide ligands with established affinity for human P-selectin, VCAM-1, LOX-1 and von Willebrand factor (VWF) were conjugated to the surface of lipid-stabilized MBs. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) molecular imaging of the thoracic aorta was performed in wild-type and gene-targeted mice with advanced atherosclerosis (DKO)...
March 13, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Elise Chua, Valerie Udom, Dean Y Huang
We report the case of a 48-year-old man with a right fusiform internal jugular venous aneurysm, presenting as a unilateral painless neck swelling on coughing or laughing. This is a rare condition, more commonly seen in the paediatric population and can be diagnosed using non-invasive modalities such as Doppler ultrasound and contrast-enhanced CT. This anomaly is frequently misdiagnosed or overlooked, and our case highlights the importance of considering venous aneurysm as a differential to prevent invasive imaging and inappropriate management...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Nobutaka Noto, Akiko Komori, Mamoru Ayusawa, Shori Takahashi
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a systemic vasculitis with a predilection for damage to the coronary arteries. In the acute phase, clinical decision making for KD relies on the measurements of the coronary z-score obtained by 2-dimensional echocardiography (2DE). In the convalescent phase, KD patients with coronary artery abnormalities (CAAs) eventually show arteriosclerotic vascular remodeling characterized by marked intimal proliferation and neoangiogenesis after KD vasculitis, which often induces myocardial ischemia...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Kim Nylund, Fredrik Sævik, Sabine Leh, Frank Pfeffer, Trygve Hausken, Odd Helge Gilja
AIM:  To examine if there are perfusion differences in fibrotic versus inflammatory lesions in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and to assess the interobserver reliability of the analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  37 patients with Crohn's disease were prospectively recruited. 20 were operated and 18 of them had fibrotic disease. 17 received and were mostly responsive to medical treatment (14/17). Each patient underwent clinical scoring and ultrasound (US) examination with high-frequency linear transducers and US contrast...
March 14, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
Uayporn Kaosombatwattana, Yoshiki Hirooka, Hiroki Kawashima, Eizaburo Ohno, Takuya Ishikawa, Hiroki Suhara, Hidemi Goto
Endoscopic ultrasound is increasingly being used for evaluation of pancreatic diseases and pancreatic tumors. Among various pancreatic cystic lesions, cystic degeneration of pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasm is of the challenge in making diagnosis. Although unique characteristic of each type of pancreatic cystic lesions has been proposed abundantly, typical morphology of cystic degeneration of pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasm is still unclear. We, herein, reported a case of 66-year-old woman who was incidentally found to have a cystic lesion in the tail of pancreas upon screening transabdominal ultrasonography...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Misun Hwang, Matthew A Thimm, Anthony L Guerrerio
PURPOSE: Cavernous transformation of the portal vein can be missed on color Doppler exam or arterial phase cross-sectional imaging due to their slow flow and delayed enhancement. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) offers many advantages over other imaging techniques and can be used to successfully detect cavernous transformations of the portal vein. METHODS: A 10-month-old female was followed for repeat episodes of hematemesis. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance arteriogram (MRA) and portal venography were performed...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
Yang Guang, Yu-Kun Luo, Yan Zhang, Ming-Bo Zhang, Nan Li, Ying Zhang, Jie Tang
Objective To assess the effectiveness and safety of ultrasound-guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for nonsurgical treatment of metastatic lymph nodes (LNs) in the neck from papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Methods Totally 45 PTC patients who had been treated with total thyroidectomy and radioiodine therapy were enrolled in this retrospective study. A total of 71 metastatic LNs in the neck from PTC were confirmed by percutaneous biopsy. Follow-up consisted of conventional ultrasound,contrast-enhanced ultrasound,and thyroglobulin (Tg) measurement 1,3 and 6 months after RFA and then every 6 months...
February 28, 2018: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
Qian Li, Min Hu, Zhikui Chen, Changtian Li, Xi Zhang, Yiqing Song, Feixiang Xiang
This meta-analysis aimed to compare the diagnostic performance of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS), conventional ultrasound (US) combined with CEUS (US + CEUS) and US for distinguishing breast lesions. From thorough literature research, studies that compared the diagnostic performance of CEUS versus US or US + CEUS versus US, using pathology results as the gold standard, were included. A total of 10 studies were included, of which 9 compared the diagnostic performance of CEUS and US, and 5 studies compared US + CEUS and US...
March 9, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
William Bortcosh, Ashkon Shaahinfar, Sakina Sojar, Jean E Klig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The diagnostic capability, efficiency and versatility of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) have enabled its use in paediatric emergency medicine (PEM) and paediatric critical care (PICU). This review highlights the current applications of POCUS for the critically ill child across PEM and PICU to identify areas of progress and standardized practice and to elucidate areas for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: POCUS technology continues to evolve and advance bedside clinical care for critically ill children, with ongoing research extending its use for an array of clinical scenarios, including respiratory distress, trauma and dehydration...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Tian Zhou, Wenbin Cai, Hengli Yang, Huizhong Zhang, Minghua Hao, Lijun Yuan, Jie Liu, Li Zhang, Yilin Yang, Xi Liu, Jianling Deng, Ping Zhao, Guodong Yang, Yunyou Duan
In vivo assessment of apoptotic response to cancer therapy is believed to be very important for optimizing management of treatment. However, few noninvasive strategies are currently available to monitor the therapeutic response in vivo. Ultrasonography has been used to detect apoptotic cell death in vivo, but a high-frequency transducer is needed. Fortunately, the capability of ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) to exit the leaky vasculature of tumors enables ultrasound-targeted imaging of molecular events in response to cancer therapy...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Mark Gainey, Montserrat Carles, Michael Mix, Philipp T Meyer, Michael Bock, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Dimos Baltas
Recently, there has been an increase in the imaging modalities available for radiotherapy planning and radiotherapy prognostic outcome: dual energy computed tomography (CT; DECT), dynamic contrast enhanced CT, dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion-weighted MRI, positron emission tomography-CT, dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and positron emission tomography-MR. These techniques enable more precise gross tumor volume definition than CT alone and moreover allow subvolumes within the gross tumor volume to be defined which may be given a boost dose or an individual voxelized dose prescription may be derived...
March 9, 2018: Future Oncology
D J Li, W L Yang, Z Y Wang, W Chen, Q Zhao, Y F Li, R Cui, L Shen, W B Wei
Objective: To compare the significance of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) in the diagnosis of uveal melanoma. Methods: It was a retrospective case series study. Sixty-three cases (63 eyes) of uveal melanoma patients (confirmed by histopathology) who underwent CEUS and DCE-MRI examination at Beijing Tongren Hospital during January 2010 and May 2014 were collected, including 30 males and 33 females, with average age of 47 years (ranged from 27 to 69 years)...
March 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
José M Porcel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an overview of the contribution of thoracic ultrasound (TUS) and computed tomography (CT) in the identification of complicated parapneumonic effusions (CPPE), defined as those which need chest tube drainage for resolution. RECENT FINDINGS: A recent retrospective study found that visualization of complex (nonanechoic) effusions on TUS (likelihood ratio positive = 6.92) outperformed the recognition of loculated/septated effusions on CT (likelihood ratio = 2...
March 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Michael C Olson, Thomas D Atwell, John M Knudsen
Severe adverse reactions to ultrasound (US) contrast agents are rare, and only a few cases of anaphylaxis following the administration of US contrast agents have been reported, often without a defined etiology. We present a case of anaphylactic reaction to the injection of an US contrast agent in a patient with systemic mastocytosis, which highlights the disorder as a possible risk factor warranting additional consideration prior to performing a contrast-enhanced US examination.
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Wen-Yen Chai, Po-Chun Chu, Chih-Hung Tsai, Chung-Yin Lin, Hung-Wei Yang, Hsin-Yi Lai, Hao-Li Liu
Focused ultrasound (FUS) exposure with microbubbles can transiently open the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to deliver therapeutic molecules into CNS tissues. However, delivered molecular distribution/concentration at the target need to be controlled. Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic-Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) is a well-established protocol for monitoring the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic behavior of FUS-BBB opening. This study investigates the feasibility of using DCE-MRI to estimate molecular CNS penetration under various exposure conditions and molecule sizes...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
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