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Global Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS)

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

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* 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).


ICUS issues statement supporting US contrast safety

ICUS issues statement supporting US contrast safety

April 23, 2021
AuntMinnie.com
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

International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) Policy Statement Supporting Established Safety Record of Ultrasound Contrast Agents and Continued Use Where Medically Appropriate

April 23, 2021
ICUS
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…)

Medical Society Urges Use of Ultrasound Contrast Agents and Supports Safety Record

Medical Society Urges Use of Ultrasound Contrast Agents and Supports Safety Record

April 23, 2021
ICUS
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…)

Researchers tout promise of contrast ultrasound at AIUM 2021

Researchers tout promise of contrast ultrasound at AIUM 2021

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…)

Value of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in the Differential Diagnosis of Focal Splenic Lesions

Value of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in the Differential Diagnosis of Focal Splenic Lesions

April 1, 2021 — Dovepress
Abstract
Purpose
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…)

Medicare CY 2021 Coding & Payment for CEUS

Medicare CY 2021 Coding & Payment for CEUS

March 25, 2021 — ICUS
The CEUS Coding and Payment chart has recently been updated and is available on the ICUS website (icus-society.org). This chart may be copied and distributed freely to customers and colleagues. Click Here to view chart.

Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasonography Identifies Microperfusion in CKD

Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasonography Identifies Microperfusion in CKD

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…)

Quadruple fusion imaging via transparent ultrasound transducer

Quadruple fusion imaging via transparent ultrasound transducer

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…)

Transcranial ultrafast ultrasound localization microscopy of brain vasculature in patients

Transcranial ultrafast ultrasound localization microscopy of brain vasculature in patients

March 15, 2021 — Nature Biomedical Engineering
Abstract
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…)

Optimizing contrast‑enhanced echocardiography by employing a sonographer driven protocol

Optimizing contrast‑enhanced echocardiography by employing a sonographer driven protocol

March 13, 2021 — Journal of Echocardiography
Abstract
Background
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.
Methods
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…)