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Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound for Evaluating Lesions in Children

Researchers find the imaging method to be more effective for diagnosing certain types of lesion, including hemangiomas, hamartomas, ovarian torsion and vascular tumors.

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Mary Bates, Contributor
Thursday, August 2, 2018

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In a new paper in the European Journal of Pediatrics, researchers make the case for contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS), an imaging method that expands the diagnostic potential of conventional ultrasound, in particular for evaluating lesions in multiple organs in children.

Just like conventional ultrasound, CEUS is radiation-free and portable, and does not require sedation or anesthesia. In addition, it has the ability to measure blood flow, which improves diagnostic sensitivity and specificity. According to its advocates, CEUS is a promising imaging technique that could improve bedside diagnosis of many conditions.

In the new paper, researchers demonstrate the utility of CEUS in evaluating and characterizing a variety of pediatric lesions affecting the liver, spleen, urethra, bladder, and head and neck. They compared typical conventional ultrasound findings to CEUS measurements.

The researchers show that CEUS can be used to accurately diagnose various lesions, including hemangiomas, hamartomas, ovarian torsion and vascular tumors. Many of these lesions have contrast enhancement patterns that help with diagnostic specificity and sensitivity. 

The results demonstrate the value of CEUS in improving characterization of many lesions in children. The researchers believe that CEUS is a valuable and underutilized tool for safe and efficient diagnostic imaging.