Ultraschall in Med 2017; 38(01): 33-43
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-110394
Guidelines & Recommendations
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Role of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) in Paediatric Practice: An EFSUMB Position Statement

Paul S. Sidhu
1  Department of Radiology, King’s College Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
,
Vito Cantisani
2  Department of Radiological Sciences, Oncology and Pathology, Policlinico Umberto I, University Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
,
Annamaria Deganello
1  Department of Radiology, King’s College Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
,
Christoph F. Dietrich
3  Department of Internal Medicine 2, Caritas Krankenhaus, Bad Mergentheim, Bad Mergentheim, Germany.
,
Carmina Duran
4  Department of Radiology, Parc Tauli University Hospital, Sabadell, Spain.
,
Doris Franke
5  Pediatric Sonography, Department of Pediatric Kidney, Liver and Metabolic Diseases, Children's Hospital, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany
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Zoltan Harkanyi
6  Department of Radiology, Heim Pal Children’s’ Hospital, Budapest, Hungary
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Wojciech Kosiak
7  Department of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
,
Vittorio Miele
8  Department of Emergency Radiology, S. Camillo Hospital, Rome, Italy
,
Aikaterini Ntoulia
1  Department of Radiology, King’s College Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
,
Maciej Piskunowicz
9  Department of Radiology, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
,
Maria E. Sellars
1  Department of Radiology, King’s College Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
,
Odd Helge Gilja
10  National Centre for Ultrasound in Gastronterology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen and Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen, Norway.
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Publication History

15 May 2016

06 June 2016

Publication Date:
14 July 2016 (eFirst)

Abstract

The use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in adults is well established in many different areas, with a number of current applications deemed “off-label”, but the use supported by clinical experience and evidence. Paediatric CEUS is also an “off-label” application until recently with approval specifically for assessment of focal liver lesions. Nevertheless there is mounting evidence of the usefulness of CEUS in children in many areas, primarily as an imaging technique that reduces exposure to radiation, iodinated contrast medium and the “patient-friendly” circumstances of ultrasonography. This position statement of the European Federation of Societies in Ultrasound and Medicine (EFSUMB) assesses the current status of CEUS applications in children and makes suggestions for further development of this technique.