The introduction of ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) is a major advance in sonographic imaging after the development of Doppler techniques. Various clinical applications have been suggested for contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in radiological and cardiologic imaging. The commercialization of UCAs in different countries and the development of several scanning technologies have created a need for standardization of methodology and terminology. This article reviews the historical and physical basis of CEUS, illustrates the hepatic and extrahepatic applications, and discusses forthcoming developments.
- Contrast media
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology