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Simple CEUS Scan Helps Diagnose Liver Cancer When MRI is Uncertain

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 settembre 2019

A new study shows that a simple, non-invasive “contrast enhanced ultrasound” (CEUS) scan can be more accurate and reliable than a more expensive MRI procedure for diagnosis of liver tumors and determining whether they are cancerous.The prospective study evaluated 42 patients at high risk for HCC, who were referred for CEUS imaging when their MRI scans over a six-month period, with 24-month follow-ups, were considered indeterminate.“These results significantly impact patients’ treatment and prognosis and reduce time to diagnosis,” Dr. Wilson said.
CEUS can be performed at a fraction of the cost of MRI or CT, and has an excellent, well-established safety profile, according to Dr. Ed Grant, Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Southern California Keck Hospital and Treasurer of ICUS.Ultrasound contrast agents are safely and routinely used throughout Canada, Europe, South America and Asia to image organs and tumors throughout the body, as well as to monitor chronic diseases and therapy. Today in the USA, they are FDA-approved for enhancing ultrasound images of the heart and liver in adults and children, but even without FDA approval physicians are permitted to use ultrasound contrast agents for “off-label” imaging when medically indicated. Further, organ-agnostic physician payment codes are now available as of January 1, 2019, Dr. Grant noted. An increasing body of studies now shows that “CEUS is often equivalent or superior to more expensive imaging tools like MR or CT, it allows for dynamic and repeat examinations, and unlike MRI and CT, it can be used in patients with kidney failure or allergy to iodinated contrast agents,” Dr. Wilson said.

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