Albunex Does Not Increase the Sensitivity of the Lung to Pulsed Ultrasound.

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627.
Echocardiography (Impact Factor: 1.25). 12/1997; 14(6 Pt 1):553-558. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-8175.1997.tb00764.x
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ABSTRACT If cavitation in the vasculature of the lung is the physical mechanism responsible for lung hemorrhage, then addition of cavitation nuclei to the blood should enhance the bioeffect. To test the cavitation hypothesis, the extent of lung hemorrhage in mice injected with the echocontrast agent, Albunex(R), was compared to lung hemorrhage in animals injected with saline. Animals were exposed for 5 minutes to 1.1-MHz pulsed ultrasound (10 µs pulse length, 100-Hz pulse repetition frequency) at a peak positive pressure at the surface of the animal of 2 MPa. This exposure is approximately twice the threshold pressure amplitude for lung hemorrhage. Lesion areas did not differ significantly in the two groups of animals and were approximately equal to the lesion area in uninjected mice from an earlier study where acoustic exposures were the same. Neither this study nor a related study of hemolysis in vivo suggests that use of Albunex in echocardiographic procedures increases the risk of bioeffects.