ICUS Bubble Blog Archive

  • CEUS stages liver cancer when CT and MRI unhelpful

    The ICUS Bubble Blog showcases the impact of CEUS on individual patients around the world.

    By Dr. Yuko Kono
    University of California San Diego

    Mr. C is an 89-year-old Chinese gentleman with a history of colon cancer and stage IV chronic kidney disease, who was found to have two liver masses on an abdominal CT performed without ...

  • CEUS Excludes Kidney Mass

    by Dr. Lisa Johnson
    Resident, Department of Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Ms. S is a 64-year old Cambodian woman with chronic active hepatitis B currently being treated with tenofivir alafenamide fumarate, a medication to treat the viral infection of her liver. She has no radiologic or laboratory evidence of cirrhosis and has been undergoing ...

  • UCA Alters Diagnosis and Treatment of COVID-Positive Patient

    By Dr. Sean P. Swearingen
    Cardiology Fellow at Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

    As a Cardiology Fellow working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) during the COVID crisis, I am frequently called upon to diagnose and manage patients with high levels of troponin, a cardiac enzyme. It is often not ...

  • CEUS Helps Rule Out Gallbladder Cancer

    By Dr. Priya Pathak, Fellow Body Imaging, Department of Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    John is a 52-year old man who suffered from intermittent low grade right upper abdominal pain, initially thought to be related to acid reflux.  As John’s pain worsened, his primary care physician encouraged him to undergo a CT scan (computed tomography, ...

  • CEUS helps rule out pancreatic cancer

    By Dr. Dan van Roekel, Fellow Body Imaging, Department of Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Elizabeth is a 64-year-old woman who developed pancreatitis with nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. A CT scan of her abdomen showed a mass-like lesion in the head of her pancreas, a potential sign of pancreatic adenocarcinoma or cancer. The mass-like ...

  • Young girl recovers from acute kidney failure after CEUS pinpoints cause

    By Dr. Susan J. Back

    Kendall is a 17-year old high school junior who runs track, is joining the high school debate team, and describes herself as good at “arguing her point.” She manages her active life with energy and enthusiasm until, rather suddenly, she started to have fever, body aches and back pain. Soon after, ...

  • CEUS rules out liver cancer where MR and CT were unsuccessful

    By Dr. Orpheus Kolokythas
    Department of Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    David is a 32-year old man with Down syndrome and a congenital ventricular septal defect, a cardiac abnormality. Despite technically successful cardiac surgery in childhood, David developed heart failure, chronic liver congestion and a chronic blockage of the portal vein, ...

  • CEUS leads to life-saving surgery

    A 37-year-old male patient who was an intravenous drug abuser developed endocarditis (infection) of his heart valve, and surgery was urgently required to replace the valve because it was regurgitant (leaking). The patient continued to self-inject drugs and the new valve also became infected and started leaking badly. The surgeons agreed to perform a second ...

  • CEUS Identifies Ovarian Tumor

    Melinda was 39 years old and had a kidney transplant after years of progressive kidney failure. Unfortunately, she did not regain good kidney function and, additionally, developed a large and growing cystic mass in her abdomen.

    CT and MR scans suggested that the mass was due to the recent transplant surgery and would likely resolve. However, ...