Adding a new dimension to ultrasonography

Hunerbein, M.; Stroszczynski, C.; Ulmer, C.
March 2004
Gut;Mar2004, Vol. 53 Issue 3, p466
Academic Journal
The search for accurate non-invasive methods of imaging in suspected biliary obstruction goes on, and both endoscopic ultrasound and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) have their advocates. Recent advances in ultrasound, in which digitised multislice images are acquired and reconstructed into a three dimensional volume that can be manipulated, have made it possible to generate three dimensional ultrasound cholangiograms. The authors prospectively evaluated the ability of this technique, compared with direct cholangiography (endoscopic retrograde cholangioponcreatography /percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram) and MRCP, to detect and characterise biliary obstruction in 40 patients.


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