Ultrasound Section, Division of Surgery, Department of Gastroenterology, Helev Hospital / Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation / University of Copenhagen
In February 2013 WFUMB and EFSUMB simultaneously and as a joint venture published CEUS guidelines in UMB and UiM entitled “Guidelines and Good Clinical Practice Recommendations for Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound （CEUS） in the Liver -Update 2012 A WFUMB-EFSUMB Initiative in Cooperation With Representatives of AFSUMB, AIUM, ASUM, FLAUS and ICUS”. These guidelines represent the natural continuation of work started in 2004 when EFSUMB issued the first set of recommendations worldwide for the clinical use of CEUS. At that time the only established indications for CEUS were detection and characterisation of focal liver lesions plus monitoring of tumor ablation, and the document dealt solely with these applications. In the years following, the ultrasound community witnessed an increasing number of new indications for CEUS with a range of new applications being implemented, and on this background EFSUMB February 2008 published the first CEUS update which besides the initial indications described all the newly accepted indications for CEUS including kidney, pancreas, transcranial US, blunt abdominal trauma and urinary reflux. The use of and indications for CEUS kept growing. Furthermore, recognizing the fact that for liver CEUS, new UCAs were now licensed in many parts of the world EFSUMB was happy to accept WFUMB invitation to undertake a joint venture for the third liver CEUS update. An agreement was reached between EFSUMB and WFUMB in conjunction with the AIUM, ASUM, AFSUMB and ICUS to bring the liver guidelines up-to-date, so that these guidelines, originally developed for European usage, would be amended to cover their use all over the globe. The final product - the WFUMB CEUS guidelines - has been well received by the ultrasound community worldwide. According to the WHO 2/3 of the population of the world has no access to medical imaging of any kind. WFUMB has it as its overall purpose to bring the use of medical ultrasound to every corner of the world. Used together with all its technical refinements, including CEUS, ultrasound emerges as a multi-potent imaging tool second to none and capable of providing State of The Art imaging to the entire world in the new millennium.