Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography of the pancreas in healthy cats. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: This study describes the pattern of ultrasonographic contrast enhancement of the pancreatic body and left lobe using a second-generation commercial contrast medium (Sonovue) in 10 clinically healthy cats. RESULTS: Following contrast medium administration, microbubbles were observed within the splenic artery. This was followed by an inflow of contrast medium into the pancreatic capillary beds, providing a uniformly contrast-enhanced pancreas at peak intensity (PI). At the time of PI, a replenishment of the splenic and portal veins started and increased progressively during the wash-out phase. During the wash-out phase, the echogenicity of the pancreatic parenchyma decreased progressively. Perfusion parameters included arrival time (4.691.26s), time to peak from injection (7.521.88s), time to peak from initial rise (2.840.88s), peak intensity (6.582.66a.u.), and wash-in rate (2.111.79a.u./s). CONCLUSIONS: This perfusion pattern of normal pancreatic parenchyma may be useful for characterising cats with exocrine pancreatic disorders.

published proceedings

  • BMC Vet Res

altmetric score

  • 1.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Diana, A., Linta, N., Cipone, M., Fedone, V., Steiner, J. M., Fracassi, F., Grandis, A., & Baron Toaldo, M.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Diana, Alessia||Linta, Nikolina||Cipone, Mario||Fedone, Valeria||Steiner, Joerg M||Fracassi, Federico||Grandis, Annamaria||Baron Toaldo, Marco

publication date

  • March 2015