How to set up a contrast-enhanced ultrasound service.
Abdom Radiol (NY). 2018 Apr;43(4):808-818. doi: 10.1007/s00261-017-1278-1. Weinstein S1, Jordan E2, Goldstein R2, Yee J2, Morgan T2.
This paper will provide practical details and useful information on how to establish a contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) service safely and efficiently. It is meant to be an introduction to CEUS focusing on how to implement ultrasound contrast into a clinical service rather than on specific clinical applications. Ultrasound contrast agents have been in use throughout most of the world and have been used off-label in the United States for over a decade. In addition to the use of ultrasound contrast agents in cardiac imaging, the FDA recently approved their use in liver imaging for both pediatric and adult patients, and for use in the urinary tract (voiding ultrasonography) in pediatric patients for evaluation of suspected or known vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. With recent FDA approvals, even wider adaption of CEUS is expected.