Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound for Musculoskeletal Applications: A World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology Position Paper

June 1, 2020 — Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology

Abstract

This World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology position paper reviews the diagnostic potential of ultrasound contrast agents for clinical decision-making and provides general advice for optimal contrast-enhanced ultrasound performance in musculoskeletal issues. In this domain, contrast-enhanced ultrasound performance has increasingly been investigated with promising results, but still lacks everyday clinical application and standardized techniques; therefore, experts summarized current knowledge according to published evidence and best personal experience. The goal was to intensify and standardize the use and administration of ultrasound contrast agents to facilitate correct diagnoses and ultimately to improve the management and outcomes of patients.

Authors: Christian Fischer*, Martin Krix†, Marc-André Weber‡, Alexander Loizides§, Hannes Gruber§, Ernst-Michael Jung¶, Andrea Klauser§, Maija Radzina║, Christoph Frank Dietrich#

⁎Center for Orthopaedics, Trauma Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury, Ultrasound Center, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany; †Bracco Imaging, Konstanz, Germany; ‡Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Medical Center Rostock, Rostock, Germany; §Department of Radiology, Ultrasound Center, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria; ¶Ultrasound Center, Department of Radiology, Regensburg, Germany; ║Diagnostic Radiology Institute, Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia; #Department of Internal Medicine, Caritas Hospital, Bad Mergentheim, Germany

Read full text at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2020.01.028