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April 23, 2021
By Staff writers
In the wake of news reports of allergic reactions to ultrasound contrast, the International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) issued a statement in support of the agents.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reportedly issued a warning to healthcare providers of a dozen or so incidents of reactions to ultrasound contrast in patients who are allergic to polyethylene glycol (PEG), with two patient deaths attributed to contrast use. The agency has added a contraindication for (read more…)
International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) Policy Statement Supporting Established Safety Record of Ultrasound Contrast Agents and Continued Use Where Medically Appropriate
April 23, 2021
The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) supports the well-established safety record and favorable risk-benefit profile of ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs), based on the extensive body of published safety data and favorable clinical experiences worldwide.
ICUS also encourages the use of UCAs (sometimes also known as “ultrasound enhancing agents”) to improve the quality and functionality of ultrasound images where medically appropriate, with customary safeguards in place to address any rare allergic reaction that may occur in one out of ten (read more…)
April 23, 2021
Media release (Business Wire)
The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) today urged physicians to use ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) to enhance conventional ultrasound images where medically appropriate, with customary protocols in place to address rare allergic reactions that may occur in one out of ten thousand doses.
“Millions of doses of ultrasound contrast agents have been safely administered worldwide for decades,” according to a statement issued Friday by ICUS, a grassroots medical society with members in 60 countries.
The Food and (read more…)
April 12, 2021 — AuntMinnie.com
By Amerigo Allegretto, staff writer
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) has a number of useful benefits over other forms of medical imaging, according to two studies presented Monday at the virtual 2021 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting.
Researchers from Northwell North Shore and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center presented their respective findings on the uses of CEUS in interventional applications and vascular malformations, as well as other overall benefits of contrast ultrasound, such as better (read more…)
April 1, 2021 — Dovepress
To identify and validate contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) features for differentiating malignant from benign splenic lesions.
Patients and Methods
Splenic lesions in 123 patients who underwent conventional ultrasound (B-mode US) and CEUS were included in this study. Two radiologists evaluated the sonograms of B-mode and CEUS. Statistical analysis was performed to identify significant imaging predictors for splenic malignant lesions. Two other radiologists independently reviewed B-mode and CEUS sonograms and diagnosed the lesions based on proposed criteria as 1) benign, (read more…)
Mar 19, 2021 — Physician’s Weekly
“Renal perfusion plays an essential role in kidney health, as the kidneys receive up to 25% of cardiac output,” explains Menno Pruijm, PhD. “Although autoregulation mechanisms keep the perfusion of each kidney as constant as possible, acute reductions in global renal blood flow and disturbances in renal microcirculation (arterioles, capillaries, glomeruli)—such as that encountered during hypovolemic shock or sepsis—can lead to ischemia and acute kidney injury.”
In chronic conditions, Dr. Pruijm adds, stable hemodynamics are also (read more…)
March 16, 2021 — Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
News Release – Research News
Schematic diagram of a quadruple fusion imaging system
A quadruple fusion optical and ultrasound imaging system has been developed that allows diagnosis of eye conditions or tumors or to see the environment inside the body using a transparent ultrasound transducer.
Professor Chulhong Kim of POSTECH’s Department of Electrical Engineering, Convergence IT Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Byullee Park of Department of Convergence IT Engineering, Ph.D. candidate Jeongwoo Park (read more…)
March 15, 2021 — Nature Biomedical Engineering
Changes in cerebral blood flow are associated with stroke, aneurysms, vascular cognitive impairment, neurodegenerative diseases and other pathologies. Brain angiograms, typically performed via computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, are limited to millimetre-scale resolution and are insensitive to blood-flow dynamics. Here we show that ultrafast ultrasound localization microscopy of intravenously injected microbubbles enables transcranial imaging of deep vasculature in the adult human brain at microscopic resolution and the quantification of haemodynamic parameters. Adaptive speckle (read more…)
March 13, 2021 — Journal of Echocardiography
The use of enhancing agents in echocardiography has been shown to facilitate improved study quality. Despite the known benefits, its use remains limited by institutional policies.
We aimed to retrospectively evaluate if allowing sonographers to place a peripheral intravenous catheter and administer enhancing agent led to a decrease in time to complete outpatient transthoracic echocardiograms in comparison to using nursing personnel. Three separate protocols were employed. The ‘nurse driven protocol’ utilized nurses to place a (read more…)