Improved Detection of Gallbladder Perforation Using Ultrasound Small Vessel Slow Flow “Perfusion” Imaging

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  • Gallbladder (GB) perforation is a potentially fatal cause of acute abdomen. Higher morbidity and mortality are associated with this entity due to delayed diagnosis and treatment. Ultrasound with color/power Doppler and contrast sonography can detect wall discontinuity; however, sometimes it can be subtle or unavailable. Small vessel slow flow “perfusion” imaging allows improved microvascular perfusion detection using different filters, which result in increased spatial resolution and vessel visualization. Noncontrast perfusion imaging was of immense clinical value in the diagnosis of GB perforation in the six cases presented here. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report describing efficacy of noncontrast “perfusion” imaging in detection of GB perforation.
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    Author List

  • Aziz MU; Robbin ML
  • Start Page

  • 511
  • End Page

  • 518
  • Volume

  • 41
  • Issue

  • 2