Contrast ultrasonography of the digestive tract lumen. Review of the literature and personal experience

Radu Badea, Lidia Ciobanu, Adriana Gomotirceanu, Claudia Hagiu, Mihai Socaciu


Routine exploration of the digestive tract is performed under „fasting” condition, without further training. The investigation is limited due to hidroaeric and alimentary content and deep location of some digestive parts (gastric fornix, colon
flexures). Oral administration contrast agents cause a distension of the digestive lumen which allows a satisfactory viewing of the „hidden” regions and endoluminal detection of small formations. A combination of conventional and contrast ultrasound brings additional information which increase the overall performance of the ultrasound method.


Digestive tract contrast; SonoVue; ultrasound

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