DRG prepares to host ultrasound workshop

The German Radiological Society (DRG) will host a contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) workshop at Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin on 2-3 November.

Leading the workshop will be Drs. Dirk-André Clevert, Thomas Fischer, and Ulf Teichgräber. In an interview on the DRG website, they explained how CEUS is an integral part of daily practice, mainly due to the technical development of ultrasound systems in recent years.

The technique can be used in the diagnosis of focal liver lesions, for instance. It's a safe alternative whenever repetitive examinations are to be avoided, patients have contraindications to iodine-containing contrast media, or when a pacemaker prevents MRI examination, they added.

However, CEUS is not a second-rate method: In the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma, CEUS is a part of guidelines similar to MRI or CT, and it costs less, too, they noted.

The researchers want to use the CEUS workshop to provide practical information and show off the newly designed ultrasound center at Charité. Participants will get to know the technique and its various indications, they said.

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