What is contrast enhanced ultrasound?

Also known as: CEUS

Ultrasound is a common medical exam used to image the organs inside the body. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images and does not use radiation. It is typically performed by running a small probe on the patient’s skin. Contrast can be used to better define organs or lesions and is called Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound.

Ultrasound contrast is very different form the kind of contrast used in CT and MRI. Ultrasound contrast contains tiny bubbles and is injected into the blood stream or given through a catheter into the urinary bladder.

Reviewed by: Rachel Pevsner Crum, DO

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