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Renal artery contrast-enhanced ultrasound effective in diagnosing, assessing renal artery disease

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Renal artery contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) with modified inspection section has proven to be a highly effective, non-invasive, and safe technique for diagnosing and assessing renal artery disease, according to a study.

The study’s results demonstrate that CEUS exhibits good diagnostic accuracy in detecting renal artery stenosis (≥30%) and severe stenosis (≥70%), with high sensitivity, specificity, and overall accuracy.

In addition, CEUS shows strong agreement with the gold standard, digital subtraction angiography, in these assessments.

The study also highlights the potential cost-effectiveness of CEUS, as it has led to a reduction in the need for other imaging examinations over time.

The authors concluded that this research supports the widespread adoption and promotion of CEUS in clinical practice for the evaluation of renal artery conditions.

Li Y, Wang Y, Liu ZS, et al. Clinical Practice Report of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in Renal Artery Disease. J Ultrasound Med. 2023;doi: 10.1002/jum.16345. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37873731.