Research

The research activity of our group is now mainly focused on the use of micro-bubbles contrast media for ultrasound imaging and on the assessment of their role for diagnostic imaging.

Research has moved from the use of a high mechanical index detection software with intermittent technique and static visualization to the use of resonance contrast media and a low mechanical index detection software for real time harmonic imaging; the analysis of results is performed using also a high mechanical index harmonic detection software combined with micro-bubbles destruction techniques and real time observations.

At the moment our main fields of interest are: assess the diagnostic usefulness of contrast medium to identify and characterize focal liver lesions; quantify the transit of micro-bubbles through the healthy and diseased liver following a bolus injection; study the transit time of contrast medium in the healthy kidney and in the kidney affected by nephropathies; assess the usefulness of contrast medium to place a differential diagnosis of focal kidney lesion of about 3 cm in size.

Other studies regard the use of contrast medium, both with a resonance and destruction technique, in other organs and structures like the breast, the prostate, the testicles, muscles and tendons, and, with hysterosalpingosonography, the uterine cavity and the adnexa.

SMIRG at RSNA 2009

SMIRG at RSNA 2009

SMIRG at RSNA 2009
SMIRG at RSNA 2007

SMIRG at RSNA 2007

SMIRG at RSNA 2007
SMIRG at RSNA 2006

SMIRG at RSNA 2006

Modern Ultrasound Evaluation of Inflammatory Activity in Crohn's Disease
CPS vs CCI at ECR

CPS vs CCI at ECR

Fundamental nonlinear imaging versus harmonic imaging with contrast medium sonovue in the evaluation of the hepatic focal lesions: Preliminary results