Contrast media research

Invest Radiol. 1999 Dec;34(12):785-90. doi: 10.1097/00004424-199912000-00009.


This selective review highlights research in contrast media development and application in the field of diagnostic radiology in 1998 and 1999. The focus is on research published in Investigative Radiology, supplemented with work from other publications in the few areas not extensively covered by the journal. Studies continue to be performed, although at a low level, examining safety issues. Most preclinical investigations have focused on MR and ultrasound agents. In MR, the research effort is concentrated on the development of targeted agents; in ultrasound, work is focused on the characterization of basic contrast mechanisms. The demonstration of clinical applications is still dominated by work with MR, both in disease models and human investigations. The use of extracellular gadolinium chelates to enhance visualization of blood vessels (the field of contrast-enhanced MR angiography) is the largest single new clinical application of contrast media to emerge in several years. New clinical applications continue to be pursued with contrast media in CT, ultrasound, and x-ray angiography. As intravenously injected ultrasound contrast agents come to market, trials demonstrating clinical applications and subsequent scientific publications will increase in number.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiography / methods
  • Animals
  • Contrast Media* / administration & dosage
  • Contrast Media* / standards
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intravenous
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Research*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Safety
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods


  • Contrast Media