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Contrast ultrasound

K M Meiburger, S Y Nam, E Chung, L J Suggs, S Y Emelianov, F Molinari
Blood vessels are the only system to provide nutrients and oxygen to every part of the body. Many diseases can have significant effects on blood vessel formation, so that the vascular network can be a cue to assess malicious tumor and ischemic tissues. Various imaging techniques can visualize blood vessel structure, but their applications are often constrained by either expensive costs, contrast agents, ionizing radiations, or a combination of the above. Photoacoustic imaging combines the high-contrast and spectroscopic-based specificity of optical imaging with the high spatial resolution of ultrasound imaging, and image contrast depends on optical absorption...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Harriet Lea-Banks, Boon Teo, Eleanor Stride, Constantin C Coussios
A significant barrier to successful drug delivery is the limited penetration of nanoscale therapeutics beyond the vasculature. Building on recent in vivo findings in the context of cancer drug delivery, the current study investigates whether modification of nanoparticle drug-carriers to increase their density can be used to enhance their penetration into viscoelastic materials under ultrasound exposure. A computational model is first presented to predict the transport of identically sized nanoparticles of different densities in an ultrasonic field in the presence of an oscillating microbubble, by a combination of primary and secondary acoustic radiation forces, acoustic streaming and microstreaming...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Alex Aparecido Cantador, Daniel Emílio Dalledone Siqueira, Octavio Barcellos Jacobsen, Jamal Baracat, Ines Minniti Rodrigues Pereira, Fábio Hüsemann Menezes, Ana Terezinha Guillaumon
OBJECTIVE: To compare duplex ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) angiography in terms of their performance in detecting endoleaks, as well as in determining the diameter of the aneurysm sac, in the postoperative follow-up of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study involving 30 patients who had undergone endovascular repair of infrarenal aortoiliac aneurysms. Duplex ultrasound and CT angiography were performed simultaneously by independent radiologists...
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Yongyan Gao, Ping Liang, Xiaoling Yu, Jie Yu, Zhigang Cheng, Zhiyu Han, Shaobo Duan, Hui Huang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrasound (US)-guided percutaneous microwave ablation (MWA) for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) adjacent to renal sinus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 41 patients who underwent US-guided percutaneous MWA of 41 RCCs adjacent to the renal sinus from April 2006 to December 2015. Contrast-enhanced images of US and computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging were performed at pre-ablation and 1day, 1 month, 3 months, and every 6 months after ablation...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Imane El Sanharawi, Jean-Michel Correas, Ludivine Glas, Sophie Ferlicot, Vincent Izard, Béatrice Ducot, Marie-France Bellin, Gérard Benoît, Laurence Rocher
PURPOSE: To evaluate qualitative, semi-quantitative, and quantitative parameters obtained by dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE)-MRI for the characterization of histologically proven, non-palpable, incidentally found intratesticular tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2006 to 2014, we included men with non-palpable, incidentally found testicular tumors on ultrasound, normal tumoral marker levels,referred for surgery. DCE-MRI data were analyzed retrospectively and independently by two radiologists blinded to the histological diagnosis...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Roderick J Finlayson, Atikun Thonnagith, Maria Francisca Elgueta, Jordi Perez, John-Paul B Etheridge, De Q H Tran
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Novel multitined cannulae constitute an attractive option for ultrasound-guided radiofrequency neurotomy of cervical medial branches. The deployment tines increase the cannula's active area, thus altering its lesion size. Despite their theoretical benefits, multitined cannulae have not been assessed. In this bench study, we sought to investigate the lesions produced by a standard 18-gauge and 2 commercially available multitined deployment cannulae. We created ex vivo models to evaluate lesion morphology at a periosteal interface using approach angles likely to be encountered during an ultrasound-guided technique...
October 21, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Zhuochen Wang, Karl Heath Martin, Wenbin Huang, Paul A Dayton, Xiaoning Jiang
Techniques to image the microvasculature may play an important role in imaging tumor-related angiogenesis and vasa vasorum associated with vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques. However, the microvasculature associated with these pathologies is difficult to detect using traditional B-mode ultrasound or even harmonic imaging due to small vessel size and poor differentiation from surrounding tissue. Acoustic angiography, a microvascular imaging technique which utilizes superharmonic imaging (detection of higher order harmonics of microbubble response), can yield a much higher contrast to tissue ratio (CTR) than second harmonic imaging methods...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Paul S Sheeran, Naomi Matsuura, Mark A Borden, Ross Williams, Terry O Matsunaga, Peter N Burns, Paul A Dayton
Continued advances in the field of ultrasound and ultrasound contrast agents have created new approaches to imaging and medical intervention. Phase-shift perfluorocarbon droplets, which can be vaporized by ultrasound energy to transition from the liquid to the vapor state, are one of the most highly researched alternatives to clinical ultrasound contrast agents (i.e. microbubbles). In this review, part of a special issue on methods in biomedical ultrasonics, we survey current techniques to prepare ultrasound-activated nanoscale phase-shift perfluorocarbon droplets, including sonication, extrusion, homogenization, microfluidics, and microbubble condensation...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
G Alonso Ciodaro, J I Santamaría Ossorio, S Sanjuán Rodríguez
INTRODUCTION: Cecal duplications are rare, representing 0.4% of all gastrointestinal duplications, with few cases reported in the literature. CLINICAL CASE: A 48 hours-old newborn presented with bilious vomiting and abdominal distension; the ultrasound revealed a cystic mass in the right abdomen; ileocolic resection was performed with end to end anastomosis. Microscopy confirmed cecal duplication cyst. COMMENTS: In patients with intestinal obstruction, contrast enema allows differential diagnosis with other colonic pathologies in the newborn; when the cecal duplication cyst is connected to the lumen of the colon, enema reveals a filling defect, and cecal duplication can be suspected...
October 10, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
Shuai Yu, Bingbing Cheng, Tingfeng Yao, Cancan Xu, Kytai T Nguyen, Yi Hong, Baohong Yuan
Recently, we developed a new technology, ultrasound-switchable fluorescence (USF), for high-resolution imaging in centimeter-deep tissues via fluorescence contrast. The success of USF imaging highly relies on excellent contrast agents. ICG-encapsulated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) nanoparticles (ICG-NPs) are one of the families of the most successful near-infrared (NIR) USF contrast agents. However, the first-generation ICG-NPs have a short shelf life (<1 month). This work significantly increases the shelf life of the new-generation ICG-NPs (>6 months)...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ming Ma, Fei Yan, Minghua Yao, Zijun Wei, Dongliang Zhou, Heliang Yao, Hairong Zheng, Hangrong Chen, Jianlin Shi
Entirely differing from the common templating-based multistep strategy in fabricating multifunctional hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs), a facile and template-free synthetic strategy has been established in constructing a unique hollow/mesoporous organosilica nanocapsule concurrently encapsulating both isopentyl acetate (PEA) liquid and superparamagnetic iron oxides inside (denoted as PEA@OSNCs). This novel material exhibits ultrasmall and uniform particle size (~82 nm), high surface area (~534 m2 g-1) and excellent colloidal stability in aqueous solution...
October 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sara L Zettervall, Eleonora G Karthaus, Peter A Soden, Dominique B Buck, Klaas H J Ultee, Marc L Schermerhorn, Mark C Wyers
OBJECTIVE: Isolated visceral artery dissections are rare entities with no current consensus guidelines for treatment and follow-up. This study aims to evaluate the presentation, management, outcomes, and follow-up practices for patients with isolated visceral artery dissections and to compare those with and without symptoms. METHODS: In this retrospective analysis, we identified all patients with isolated celiac artery and/or isolated superior mesenteric artery dissections at a single institution between September 2006 and December 2014...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
María Eugenia López Valverde, Ana Villamañán Montero, Aránzazu Garza Espí, Antonio de Arriba Muñoz
BACKGROUND: An underlying identifiable organic cause is present in up to 50% cases of central precocious puberty in male patients. CASE CHARACTERISTICS: A 7-years-8-months-old presented with delayed puberal development. Analytical examinations showed suppressed basal and stimulated levels of testosterone, LH and FSH. Abdominal ultrasound and contrast cranial magnetic resonance results were initially negative. OUTCOME: Germinoma was found on cranial computer tomography...
October 8, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
C T Lau, A Kan, N Shek, P Tam, K K Y Wong
BACKGROUND: Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) is an increasingly recognized disease with potential mortality. Owing to limited published studies, the true incidence is yet to be determined. We carried out this prospective study with the aim to estimate its true incidence on a population basis. METHODS: An antenatal ultrasonography program was implemented since 2009. Fetuses with suspected intra-thoracic lesions were monitored by regular follow-ups...
October 21, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
C Yong, Y M Teo, K Jeevesh
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of contrastenhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in the risk stratification of indeterminate renal lesions picked up incidentally on abdominal imaging, in patients with renal impairment. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed of nonconsecutive patients who underwent CEUS at our tertiary care centre for indeterminate renal lesions between March 2010 and September 2014. A total of 63 patients with 74 nodules were assessed with CEUS and stratified into either benign (Bosniak I, II, IIF) or suspicious for malignancy (Bosniak III, IV or hypervascular solid lesions)...
August 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
F Heran Dreyfus, O Galatoire, P Koskas, F Lafitte, E Nau, O Bergès
Orbito-palpebral vascular pathology represents 10% of all the diseases of this area. The lesion may be discovered during a brain CT scan or MRI, or because it causes clinical symptoms such as orbital mass, visual or oculomotor alteration, pain, proptosis, or acute bleeding due to a complication of the lesion (hemorrhage, thrombosis). We present these lesions using an anatomical, clinical, imaging and therapeutic approach. We distinguish four different entities. Vascular tumors have common imaging characteristics (hypersignal on T2 sequence, contrast enhancement, abnormal vascularization well depicted with ultrasound and Doppler, and possible bleeding)...
October 18, 2016: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
J Rübenthaler, K Paprottka, J Marcon, E Hameister, K Hoffmann, N Joiko, M Reiser, D A Clevert
PURPOSE: To compare the sensitivity and specificity of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the evaluation of unclear renal lesions to the histopathological outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 36 patients with a single unclear solid renal lesion with initial imaging studies between 2005 and 2015 were included. CEUS and MRI were used for determining malignancy or benignancy and initial findings were correlated with the histopathological outcome...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
N Platz Batista da Silva, M Schauer, M Hornung, S Lang, L P Beyer, I Wiesinger, C Stroszczynski, E M Jung
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of strain elastography (SE) using semi-quantitative measurement methods compared to constrast enhanced ultrasound during liver tumor surgery (Io-CEUS) for dignity assessment of focal liver lesions(FLL). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective data acquisition and retrospective analysis of US data of 100 patients (116 lesions) who underwent liver tumor surgery between 10/2010 and 03/2016. Retrospective reading of SE color patterns was performed establishing groups depending on dominant color (>50% blue = stiff, inhomogenous, >50% yellow/red/green = soft tissue)...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Hideto Ohtsuki, Masayoshi Kawakami, Tetsuji Kawakami, Kazuya Takahashi, Tadaaki Kirita, Yutaka Komasa
OBJECTIVE: Osteoporosis has become a critical public health problem with the rapidly aging population in Japan. It is necessary for dentists to know their patients' status because it influences dental treatment. The purpose of this study was to predict the risk of osteoporosis in elderly patients visiting a dental clinic by assessing mandibular cortical morphology on panoramic radiographs. METHOD: Three-hundred and thirty patients were divided into three classes based on the morphology of their mandibular cortex on panoramic radiographs...
October 21, 2016: International Dental Journal
Rita Payan-Carreira, Luis Martins, Sónia Miranda, Pedro Olivério, Severiano R Silva
BACKGROUND: Systems for estimating body condition score (BCS) are currently used in canine practice to monitor fatness levels. These tools are cheap and easy to use but lack the necessary precision to monitor small changes in body fat, particularly during weight control treatments or in research. The present work aims to study the application of real-time ultrasonography (RTU) together with image analysis in the assessment of subcutaneous fat depots in dogs. Ultrasound images were collected from five anatomical locations (chest, flank, abdomen, thigh and lumbar) from 28 healthy dogs of different breeds and with a body weight (BW) ranging from 5...
October 20, 2016: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
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