Diagnosis of congenital and acquired focal lesions in the neck, abdomen, and pelvis with contrast-enhanced ultrasound: a pictorial essay

Matthew A. Thimm, Daniel Rhee, Clifford M Takemoto, Wikrom W Karnsakul, Carmelo Cuffari, Anthony L Guerrerio, Alejandro Garcia, John Phillip Gearhart, Thierry A.G.M. Huisman, Misun Hwang

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Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a versatile imaging modality that improves the diagnostic potential of conventional ultrasound. It allows for portable imaging at the bedside. In this paper, we illustrate how CEUS can be used in evaluating several focal lesions in the pediatric population, including liver hemangioma, telangiectasias, splenic hamartomas, and bladder lesions. We describe the ultrasound findings and contrast enhancement patterns associated with these lesions. Findings are correlated with MRI, CT, and/or pathology when available. This paper demonstrates the value of CEUS in improving characterization of many focal lesions in the pediatric population. Conclusion: CEUS is a valuable bedside technique for use in the pediatric population to evaluate focal lesions in various organs, and will allow for safe, more efficient diagnostic imaging.(Table presented.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jul 3 2018



  • CEUS
  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • Focal lesions
  • Pediatric
  • VCUG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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