Contrast Media

Contrast media, also called contrast agents, are used to enhance the blood and perfusion in tissues. This includes iodine based contrast for on computed tomography (CT), gadolinium based agents for MRI and lipid bubble contrast agents used in ultrasound.

Access Scientific, Powerwand midline IV catheter, CT contrast injection

Image courtesy of Access Scientific LLC

Technology | Contrast Media | November 02, 2015

November 2, 2015 — Access Scientific LLC announced validation of the Powerwand midline IV catheter for power-...

Lumason, CMS, ultrasound contrast agent, approval for reimbursement
News | Contrast Media | October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced that Lumason was approved by the Centers for Medicare and...

Galt Medical, Health Line International Corp., Nexus CT Midline Catheter with MST Insertion Kit

Image courtesy of Galt Medical

Technology | Contrast Media Injectors | October 01, 2015

October 1, 2015 — Galt Medical has partnered with Health Line International Corp. and launched the Nexus CT Midline...

EMI-137, optical imaging agent, detection, early stage, colorectal cancer
News | Oncology Diagnostics | September 18, 2015

September 18, 2015 — Edinburgh Molecular Imaging Ltd. (EM Imaging) has signed an exclusive global license for a...

UAMS, Vladimir Zharov, melanoma, theranostics, CTCs, nanoparticles
News | Ultrasound Imaging | September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015 — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher Vladimir Zharov, Ph.D., D.Sc.,...

ultrasound, microbubbles, delivery, absorption, drugs, pancreatic cancer, ICUS
News | Contrast Media | September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015 — Tiny gas microbubbles can enhance the delivery and absorption of cancer drugs in patients with...

NIH, biomarker, breast cancer, early detection, contrast solution, MRI

Metastasis occurs when cells are shed from primary breast cancer tumor and establish a new tumor at a distant site. For early detection of the metastasis with MRI, the Lu Lab developed a probe that binds to fibrin-fibronectin protein complexes in high-risk tumors. Fibronectin is expressed in high-risk (aggressive) cancer and not in normal tissue, so MRI imaging is able to distinguish metastases from normal tissue. Image courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.

News | MRI Breast | August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015 — Researchers have shown that...

NIR, contrast agents, thyroid, parathyroids, surgery, Frangioni, FLARE

Intraoperative image of thyroid (red) and parathyroids (green) in rats four hours after intravenous injection of targeted contrast agents. Image captured using the FLARE system. Image courtesy of Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

News | Contrast Media | July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015 — Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have...

Guerbet, acquisition, Mallinckrodt, CMDS business, contrast media, CT, MRI
Feature | Contrast Media | July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015 — Guerbet announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which it will acquire...

MRI, gadolinium, contrast agents, Wolters Kluwer, safety issue
Feature | Contrast Media | June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015 - New results in animals highlight a major safety concern regarding a class of...

molecular MRI, contrast agents, PSMA, cancer, SNMMI, Sangeeta Ray
News | June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015 - The prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) biomarker is the bullseye for three new...

Bracco, Lumason, first U.S. echocardiography procedure, Morristown
Feature | Contrast Media | June 04, 2015

June 4, 2015 - Bracco Imaging announced that the first...

Visipaque, IOCM, LOCM, angioplasty, EuroPCR 2015
News | May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015 — Significantly fewer renal and cardiac events are associated with...

gadolinium, brain, contrast MRI, Radiology, Kanal, brain, brain MRI with contrast
Feature | May 05, 2015

May 5, 2015 — New research, published in the journal Radiology, suggests some types of a popular...

Technology | March 06, 2015

March 6, 2015 — Bracco Imaging, through its business unit Bracco Injeneering SA, announced the availability of its...

nanoparticles, stroke, tPA, blood clot, magnetic, MRI, antiplatelet

Each nanoparticle is composed of an iron oxide core (red squares) that is swathed in albumin (grey) and the anti-clotting agent tPA (green). The iron oxide cubes are about 20 nm on a side.

News | February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015 — By loading magnetic nanoparticles with drugs and dressing them in biochemical camouflage,...

MR guided focused ultrasound, Alzheimer's, mice, contrast media

The image on the left shows the plaque abnormalities on untreated transgenic mice and the image on the right shows the brain of a transgenic mouse that has been treated with MR imaging-guided focused ultrasound. Image courtesy of Kullervo Hynynen, Sunnybrook Research Institute.

Feature | February 13, 2015

February 13, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have reversed some of the symptoms of...

Latest Trends in Contrast Media Injectors
Feature | February 10, 2015 | Raissa Rocha and Dave Fornell
There have been several recent advances with contrast media injector technology, including cutting costs by reducing...
Contrast media, Nuclear imaging, Radiopharmaceuticals and tracers

Image courtesy of Lantheus

News | January 30, 2015

January 30, 2015 — Lantheus Medical Imaging Inc. announced an agreement with the Institute for Radioelements (IRE)...

Nephrocheck Test System, Blood testing, contrast media

Image courtesy of Astute Medical

News | January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015 — Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc. announced the nationwide availability to hospitals of the...