Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound: A Clinical Guide

Maria Stanczak, MS, RDMS, RVT, R.T(R)(M), Assistant Professor, Vascular Sonography Clinical Coordinator; Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University

On Demand | Expires 1/1/2024

*Approved by the ASRT for 1 Category A continuing education credit.

Overview:

This presentation will review the benefits and common uses of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in a general sonography department. Maria Stanczak, MS, RDMS, RVT, R.T(R)(M), will present an overview of FDA-approved agents, discuss image technique and analysis, and outline the steps involved when starting a contrast-enhanced ultrasound lab. She will also provide troubleshooting tips and resources for continued learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the physical interactions of ultrasound contrast agents.
  • Describe various routes of transmission, types and preparation of agents.
  • Explain system software and optimizing techniques.
  • Provide the steps involved in conducting a contrast enhanced exam.
  • Describe artifacts.
  • Discuss the steps involved in beginning a contrast lab.

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Maria Stanczak, MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)(M)
Assistant Professor, Vascular Sonography Clinical Coordinator; Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University

Maria is a two-time alumnus of Thomas Jefferson University and a seasoned sonographer with clinical and research experience. Her interests include advanced technologies in sonography, such as photoacoustic imaging, elastography, 3D applications, and ultrasound contrast agents. Maria is a member of the International Contrast Ultrasound Society, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Society for Vascular Ultrasound, and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Her professional goals are to raise awareness of the benefits of utilizing ultrasound contrast agents in general sonography and urging fellow educators to incorporate CEUS curriculum into their programs. Currently, Maria serves as an Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.