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Volume 7, Pages 341-363
Review Article

Endosonography: New Developments in 2006

Endoscopic Unit, Paoli-Calmettes Institut 232 Bd St-Marguerite, 13273 Marseilles-Cedex 9, France

Received 11 October 2006; Revised 21 November 2006; Accepted 22 December 2006

Academic Editor: Manoop S. Bhutani

Copyright © 2007 Marc Giovannini.


Recent progress of the data processing applied to ultrasound (US) examination made it possible to develop new software. The US workstation of the last generation thus incorporated a computer into their center that allowed a very precise treatment of the US image. This made it possible to work out new images like three-dimensional (3-D) US, the US of contrast-harmonic associated with the intravenous injection with product with contrast for US, and finally even more recently, elastography. These techniques, currently quite elaborate in percutaneous US, are to be adapted and evaluated with echoendoscopy (EUS).

We thus will approach the 3-D EUS successively, then the contribution of the products of contrast for US with the pancreatic EUS, and finally, elastography guided by endosonography.