Contrast Media

Contrast media, also called contrast agents, are used to enhance the blood and perfusion in tissues.This includes iodine based contrast for on computed tomography (CT), gadolinium based agents for MRI and lipid bubble contrast agents used in ultrasound.

Duke University study, molecular lightbulbs, MRI imaging agent

Duke scientists have discovered a new class of inexpensive and long-lived molecular tags that enhance MRI signals by 10,000-fold. To activate the tags, the researchers mix them with a newly developed catalyst (center) and a special form of hydrogen (gray), converting them into long-lived magnetic resonance 'lightbulbs' that might be used to track disease metabolism in real time. Image courtesy of Thomas Theis, Duke University.

News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016 — Duke University researchers have taken a major step towards realizing a new form of...

stroke damage, MRI, contrast agent, gelatinase, University of Missouri study
News | Stroke | March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016 ― A team of researchers led by the University of Missouri School of Medicine has developed a new,...

ultrasound-activated microbubbles, heart attack, pig model, NIBIB, human clinical trials

An ultrasound-stimulated microbubble burrows through a fibrin clot (green) allowing penetration of the surrounding fluid into the clot (yellow). Image courtesy of Christopher Acconci and David Goertz, University of Toronto.

News | Ultrasound Imaging | February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 — Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)...

ACC late breakers
News | ACC | February 09, 2016

The following are the late-breaking clinical trial presentations presented at the 2016 American College of...

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News | ACC | December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015 — In 2015, results from the ITALIC and CvLPRIT trials, along with studies examining lifestyle...

Access Scientific, Powerwand midline IV catheter, CT contrast injection

Image courtesy of Access Scientific LLC

Technology | Contrast Media | November 02, 2015

November 2, 2015 — Access Scientific LLC announced validation of the Powerwand midline IV catheter for power-...

Lumason, CMS, ultrasound contrast agent, approval for reimbursement, Bracco
News | Contrast Media | October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced that Lumason was approved by the Centers for Medicare and...

Galt Medical, Health Line International Corp., Nexus CT Midline Catheter with MST Insertion Kit

Image courtesy of Galt Medical

Technology | Contrast Media Injectors | October 01, 2015

October 1, 2015 — Galt Medical has partnered with Health Line International Corp. and launched the Nexus CT Midline...

Guerbet, acquisition, Mallinckrodt, CMDS business, contrast media, CT, MRI
News | Contrast Media | July 29, 2015

July 28, 2015 — Guerbet announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which it will acquire...

MRI, gadolinium, contrast agents, Wolters Kluwer, safety issue
Feature | Contrast Media | June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015 - New results in animals highlight a major safety concern regarding a class of...

Bracco, Lumason, first U.S. echocardiography procedure, Morristown
Feature | June 04, 2015

June 4, 2015 - Bracco Imaging announced that the first...

Visipaque, IOCM, LOCM, angioplasty, EuroPCR 2015
News | May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015 — Significantly fewer renal and cardiac events are associated with...

gadolinium, brain, contrast MRI, Radiology, Kanal
Feature | May 05, 2015

May 5, 2015 — New research, published in the journal Radiology, suggests some types of a popular...

Technology | March 06, 2015

March 6, 2015 — Bracco Imaging, through its business unit Bracco Injeneering SA, announced the availability of its...

nanoparticles, stroke, tPA, blood clot, magnetic, MRI, antiplatelet

Each nanoparticle is composed of an iron oxide core (red squares) that is swathed in albumin (grey) and the anti-clotting agent tPA (green). The iron oxide cubes are about 20 nm on a side.

News | February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015 — By loading magnetic nanoparticles with drugs and dressing them in biochemical camouflage,...

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