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Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasonography as a Novel Method for the Dynamic Visualization of Blood Flow and Fiber Blockage in Dialyzers: A Feasibility Study

Putz, Franz Josef ; Jung, Ernst Michael ; Putz, Christina ; Banas, Miriam C. ; Bergler, Tobias ; Vienken, Jörg ; Banas, Bernhard


The capillary dialyzer represents the central element of the extracorporeal blood circuit of a therapy system for hemodialysis. The aim of this study was to assess the blood-flow characteristics of dialyzers with the help of modern ultrasound techniques. Five brand-new dialyzers (FX80 classix, Fresenius Medical Care, Bad Homburg, Germany) and five dialyzers after a dialysis session were analyzed ...


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