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|Title:||Ultrasonic imaging system utilizing a long-persistence contrast agent|
|Abstract:||A microbubble preparation formed of a plurality of microbubbles comprising a first gas and second gas surrounded by a membrane such as a surfactant, wherein the first gas and the second gas are present in a molar ration of from about 1:100 to abut 1000:1, and wherein the first gas has a vapor pressure of at least about (760-X) mm Hg at 37.degree. C., where x is the vapor pressure of the second gas at 37.degree. C., and wherein the vapor pressure of each of the first and second gases is greater than about 75 mm Hg at 37.degree. C.; also disclosed are methods for preparing microbubble compositions, including compositions that rapidly shrink from a first average diameter to a second average diameter less than about 75% of the first average diameter and are stabilized at the second average diameter; methods and kits for preparing microbubbles; and methods for using such microbubbles as contrast agents.|
|Inventor(s):||Schutt; Ernest G. (San Diego, CA), Anderson; Charles David (Lebanon, NJ), Evitts; David P. (La Jolla, CA)|
|Assignee:||Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. (SAn Diego, CA)|
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|Country||Document Number||Publication Date|
|World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)||9503835||Feb 09, 1995|
|World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)||9626746||Sep 06, 1996|
|United States of America||2002031476||Mar 14, 2002|
|United States of America||7005120||Feb 28, 2006|
|United States of America||2004228801||Nov 18, 2004|
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