Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging (SMI): Seeing the Contrast in Ultrasound without Really using it

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Austin J Radiol. 2015;2(4): 1023.

Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging (SMI): Seeing the Contrast in Ultrasound without Really using it

Suheil Artul1,2*, George Habib³, Faozi Artoul4,William Nseir2,3

1Department of Radiology, EMMS Hospital, Israel

2Faculty Medicine in the Galilee, Bar-Ilan University,Israel

3Department of Medicine, EMMS Hospital, Israel

4Department of Nuclear Medicine, Meir Hospital, Israel

*Corresponding author: Suheil Artul, Department of Radiology, Nazareth Hospital, EMMS Bar Ilan University, Faculty of Medicine, Israel

Received: April 14, 2015; Accepted: May 15, 2015; Published: May 26, 2015

Keywords

SMI; Nephronia; Ultrasound

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A 38 years old female was admitted in the hospital because of raised body temperature of 400C since 2 days and right flank pain since 3 days.

Ultrasound of kidneys showed a 1.7 cm hyper-echogenic lesion in the right kidney. Power color tool didn’t show any vessels in this lesion but when we applied the Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI) mode of the recently developed ultrasound system (Toshiba’s Aplio 500 ultrasound system), the lesion showed small vessels that confirmed the diagnosis of lobar Nephronia and ruled out infarct or abscess of kidney (Figure 1).

Citation: Artul S, Habib G, Artoul F, Nseir W. Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging (SMI): Seeing the Contrast in Ultrasound without Really using it. Austin J Radiol. 2015;2(4): 1023. ISSN :2473-0637