The role of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in neurosurgical disease

Kathryn N. Kearns, Jennifer D. Sokolowski, Kimberly Chadwell, Maureen Chandler, Therese Kiernan, Francesco Prada, M. Yashar S. Kalani, Min S. Park

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Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a relatively new imaging modality in the realm of neurosurgical disease. CEUS permits the examination of blood flow through arteries, veins, and capillaries via intravascular contrast agents and allows vascular architectural mapping with extreme sensitivity and specificity. While it has established utility in other organ systems such as the liver and kidneys, CEUS has not been studied extensively in the brain. This report presents a review of the literature on the neurosurgical applications of CEUS and provides an outline of the imaging modality's role in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of neurosurgical disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E8
JournalNeurosurgical Focus
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019


  • AVM = arteriovenous malformation
  • CEUS = contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • DAVF = dural arteriovenous fistula
  • EFSUMB = European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology
  • GBM = glioblastoma
  • imaging
  • neurosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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