Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound for the Evaluation of Renal Transplants

Academic Article


  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound has emerged as a useful imaging modality for the evaluation of the transplant kidney. Advantages over traditional imaging modalities such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging include the ability to visualize a lesion's enhancement pattern in real time, the lack of nephrotoxicity, and relatively low cost. Potential uses of contrast-enhanced ultrasound include characterization of solid and cystic transplant renal masses, assessment for pyelonephritis and identification of its complications, and evaluation of transplant complications in immediate and delayed settings. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound will likely play an increasing role for evaluating the transplant kidney, as an accurate diagnosis based on imaging can direct treatment and prevent unnecessary interventions.
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    Author List

  • Kazmierski BJ; Sharbidre KG; Robbin ML; Grant EG
  • Start Page

  • 2457
  • End Page

  • 2468
  • Volume

  • 39
  • Issue

  • 12