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Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound

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Jefferson Health's Radiology Department uses contrast-enhanced ultrasound to examine specific areas of interest within the body and diagnose medical conditions.

This advanced imaging technique uses microbubbles that are approximately the size of a red blood cell through an injection during an ultrasound examination.

Why Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound?

Contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging is safe and does not have the the same risks or negative side effects as contrast-enhanced MRI or CT. This type of ultrasound imaging can help doctors see blood vessels more clearly, and the flow of blood to an organ or tissue. Contrast-enhanced ultrasounds offer doctors imaging in real-time. 

What Should I Expect?

Expect to spend about one hour in the office from start to finish. The actual examination will take approximately 45 minutes, but scan time is much shorter.

To begin, you will be asked to lie down on an examination table, similar to other ultrasound imaging examinations. The sonographer or doctor will place gel on your skin and use an ultrasound probe to obtain images. You might be asked to change your position, and hold your breath from time to time.

Next, the medical professional will place an intravenous catheter (IV) in your arm that will be used to inject a substance known as contrast. It is safe and approved for use during this type of ultrasound test. Occasionally, this will be repeated for a second time. The IV will be removed at the end of the test. 

There is no downtime, and you can resume normal activities after the test is complete. The microbubble contrast agents used in Contrast Enhanced Ultrasounds have a much lower risk for allergic reactions compared to contrast agents used in CT and MRI scans. 

Locations & Appointments

We are performing contrast-enhanced ultrasound in the Ultrasound Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. 

To schedule an appointment, please call 215-955-2900 or 1-800-858-1662, or request an appointment online:

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Ultrasound Department
132 South 10th Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107