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Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound of the lower limb deep venous system: a technical feasibility study. Technical innovation.
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PMID:  22132397     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
MATERIAL AND METHODS: CEUS was performed with a 9-3 MHz broadband linear transducer (iU22®, Philips, USA) after the standard-application of a second-generation contrast agent (SonoVue®, Bracco, Italy) in three healthy volunteers. Transverse US-scans were performed for depiction of the fibular-, posterior tibial-vein group, the popliteal, femoral, the external iliacal and the inferior caval vein at defined levels.
RESULTS: On our three volunteers the intended segments of the deep venous system of the lower limb were visualized clearly between 45 and 350 seconds by CEUS. The continuous proximal ward scanning demonstrated the venous topography up to the external iliac veins.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: These preliminary results show that the use of CEUS is at least promising in the detection and characterization of the deep venous system of the lower limb. This should be pathbreaking, especially in patients with e.g. high Body Mass Index, local edema, diffuse inflammation etc. undergoing sonographic assessment for suspected deep vein thrombosis not definable by complete compression venous ultrasound or duplex ultrasound.
Verena Spiss; Alexander Loizides; Michaela Plaikner; Stefanie Ostermann; Siegfried Peer; Hannes Gruber
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical ultrasonography     Volume:  13     ISSN:  2066-8643     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Ultrason     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101522985     Medline TA:  Med Ultrason     Country:  Romania    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  267-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Innsbruck Medical University, Department of Radiology, Anichstrasse 35, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria; E-mail:
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