Global CEUS (Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound)

Click on any country shaded in orange to see the commercially available agent(s).
 

(Agent(s) commercially available)

 

 

(No agent commercially available at this time)

 

* See package inserts for approved indications. Note that this “Global CEUS” map lists certain ultrasound contrast agents under different product names (i.e., Lumason/SonoVue and Definity/Luminity). ICUS will update this map as additional agents are approved throughout the world.

 

ICUS does not endorse or recommend the use of any ultrasound contrast agent or other medical product. In addition, ICUS does not warrant the accuracy of information provided in package inserts or herein. Medical decisions are the sole responsibility of health care providers and their patients, who are encouraged to carefully evaluate all potential risks and benefits associated with the use of any medical product or procedure including ultrasound contrast agents and (CEUS).


 

Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing

Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing

August 7, 2019 — DAIC – Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology
Study of more than 9,000 patients finds contrast group five times less likely to need repeat exam with earlier hospital discharge.
Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for ordering an inpatient transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). Research presented at the 30th Annual American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Scientific Sessions shows patients who received an echocardiogram with contrast were less (read more…)

Prostate Contrast Enhanced Transrectal Ultrasound (CE-TRUS) Evaluation of the Prostate with Whole Mount Prostatectomy Correlation.

Prostate Contrast Enhanced Transrectal Ultrasound (CE-TRUS) Evaluation of the Prostate with Whole Mount Prostatectomy Correlation.

August 6, 2019 — URO TODAY
To investigate the diagnostic accuracy of contrast enhanced transrectal ultrasound (CE-TRUS) in comparison with whole-mount radical prostatectomy specimens.
58 subjects who underwent CE-TRUS and subsequent radical prostatectomy with whole-mount pathology were included in the study. Each patient underwent evaluation with baseline TRUS and again during CE-TRUS with intravenous infusion of perflutren lipid microsphere (Definity®, Lantheus Medical Imaging, N Billerica, MA). A subjective 5 point scale was used to rate each sextant of the prostate in 3 (read more…)

Single-Center Study: Evaluating the Diagnostic Performance and Safety of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) in Pregnant Women to Assess Hepatic Lesions.

Single-Center Study: Evaluating the Diagnostic Performance and Safety of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) in Pregnant Women to Assess Hepatic Lesions.

July 30, 2019 — European Journal of Ultrasound
Abstract
Background:
Ultrasound is an essential imaging tool for evaluating physiological and pathological fetal or maternal conditions during pregnancy. Published data is limited with respect to the application of CEUS during pregnancy. CEUS has already been safely applied for assessing uteroplacental blood flow, cesarean scar pregnancy and invasive placenta percreta. CT and MRI scans during pregnancy must be thoroughly evaluated due to harmful ionizing radiation and cerebral gadolinium deposition, respectively.
Purpose:
The aim of the present retrospective (read more…)

Invited Commentary on “Contrast-enhanced US in Local Ablative Therapy and Secondary Surveillance for Hepatocellular Carcinoma,” with Author Response

Invited Commentary on “Contrast-enhanced US in Local Ablative Therapy and Secondary Surveillance for Hepatocellular Carcinoma,” with Author Response

July 26, 2019 — RadioGraphics
By Shuchi K. Rodgers, MD
Department of Radiology, Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland
CEUS can play a crucial role in patients with HCC who undergo ablation. Bansal et al have written a clear and compelling article describing their use of CEUS for preprocedural planning and postablation imaging. In their algorithm, focal regions of APHE diagnosed at postablation CEUS are re-treated during the same session, leading to decreased tumor recurrence rates. Considering that recurrence rates after ablation (read more…)

Contrast-enhanced US in Local Ablative Therapy and Secondary Surveillance for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Contrast-enhanced US in Local Ablative Therapy and Secondary Surveillance for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

July 26, 2019 — RadioGraphics
Abstract
The role of contrast-enhanced US in ablative therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma includes patient selection, treatment planning, intraprocedural guidance, and immediate postprocedural assessment; the authors also describe their use of this modality for secondary surveillance.
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has a high incidence of recurrence following therapy. Therefore, secondary surveillance (scheduled follow-up imaging after treatment) is an important part of disease management. The recent approval in the United States for use of a microbubble-based contrast agent for US liver (read more…)

3-D Multi-parametric Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound for the Prediction of Prostate Cancer

3-D Multi-parametric Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound for the Prediction of Prostate Cancer

July 16, 2019 — Uro Today
Abstract
Trans-rectal ultrasound-guided 12-core systematic biopsy (SBx) is the standard diagnostic pathway for prostate cancer (PCa) because of a lack of sufficiently accurate imaging. Quantification of 3-D dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound (US) might open the way for a targeted procedure in which biopsies are directed at lesions suspicious on imaging. This work describes the expansion of contrast US dispersion imaging algorithms to 3-D and compares its performance against malignant and benign disease. Furthermore, we examined the feasibility (read more…)

Bracco highlights research affirming Lumason safety

Bracco highlights research affirming Lumason safety

Jul 16, 2019 — AuntMinnie.com
By AuntMinnie.com staff writers
Bracco Diagnostics, subsidiary of contrast developer Bracco Imaging, is promoting the results of a new study demonstrating that its Lumason ultrasound contrast agent is safe to use with transthoracic echocardiography.
“The positive impact of ultrasound-enhancing agents is indisputable as they have significantly improved the quality and cost-effectiveness of cardiac clinical care, but these agents are underutilized by the clinical community due to concerns about potential allergic reactions,” study author Dr. Stephen Heitner (read more…)

Multiparametric ultrasound for prostate cancer detection and localization: Correlation of B-mode, shearwave elastography and contrast-enhanced ultrasound with radical prostatectomy specimens.

Multiparametric ultrasound for prostate cancer detection and localization: Correlation of B-mode, shearwave elastography and contrast-enhanced ultrasound with radical prostatectomy specimens.

June 27, 2019 — Journal of Urology
Abstract
 Purpose:
Similar to multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging, multiparametric ultrasound (mpUS) can represent a promising approach for prostate cancer (PCa) imaging. We determined the diagnostic performance of B-mode, shearwave elastography (SWE), contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) with quantification software, and their combination, mpUS, for clinically significant (cs)PCa localization using radical prostatectomy (RP) histopathology as reference standard.
Material and Methods:
From May 2017 to July 2017, 50 men with biopsy-proven PCa underwent mpUS before RP in one center. Three readers independently (read more…)

Contrast Agent Uses Heart’s Electricity to Activate Itself

Contrast Agent Uses Heart’s Electricity to Activate Itself

June 24, 2019 — Medgadget
Imaging the heart for signs of disease is still quite rudimentary. While CT, ultrasound, and PET (positron-emission tomography) scanners generate impressive looking graphics, they’re a long way from giving doctors a true representation of the anatomy and function of the heart and nearby vasculature.
Contrast agents are widely used to allow these modalities to produce better images of the heart, but they’re indiscriminate in what they help to illuminate. Similar to a flood light, these agents tend (read more…)

Lantheus touts contrast echo study at ASE 2019

Lantheus touts contrast echo study at ASE 2019

Jun 24, 2019 — AuntMinnie
By AuntMinnie.com staff writers
Lantheus Holdings, the parent company of Lantheus Medical Imaging, is directing attention to new clinical data for its Definity ultrasound contrast agent being presented June 24 at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) meeting in Portland, OR.
The researchers, led by Dr. Michael Main from Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, MO, examined the data of roughly 1.5 million intensive care unit (ICU) patients from 773 hospitals who underwent echocardiography (read more…)