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Details for Patent: 6,592,846

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Details for Patent: 6,592,846

Title: Long-lasting aqueous dispersions or suspensions of pressure resistant gas-filled microvesicles and methods for thereof preparation thereof
Abstract:One can impart outstanding resistance against collapse under pressure to gas-filled microvesicle used as contrast agents in ultrasonic echography by using as fillers gases whose solubility in water, expressed in liter of gas by liter of water under standard conditions, divided by the square root of the molecular weight does not exceed 0.003.
Inventor(s): Schneider; Michel (Troinex, CH), Yan; Feng (Geneva, CH), Grenier; Pascal (late of Ambilly, FR), Puginier; Jerome (Le Chable-Beaumont, FR), Barrau; Marie-Bernadette (Geneva, CH)
Assignee: Bracco International B.V. (Amsterdam, NL)
Filing Date:May 12, 2000
Application Number:09/570,841
Claims:1. A method of making an ultrasonic contrast agent, the method comprising the steps of (a) under an atmosphere of a first gas, forming microvesicles from dry precursors thereof in an aqueous carrier phase, the microvesicles being microballoons bounded by a material envelope, and thereafter (b) replacing the gas contained within the microvesicles with a freon gas.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the freon gas is CBrF.sub.3, CClF.sub.3, C.sub.2 ClF.sub.5, CBrClF.sub.2, C.sub.2 Cl.sub.2 F.sub.4, CF.sub.4, C.sub.2 F.sub.6, C.sub.4 F8 and C.sub.4 F.sub.10.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the microballoon material is made from an organic polymer.

4. The method claim 3 wherein the polymer is selected from the group consisting of polylactic or polyglycolic acid and their copolymers, denatured serum albumin, reticulated hemoglobin, polystyrene, and esters of polyglutamic and polyaspartic acids.

5. A method of making an ultrasonic contrast agent, the method comprising the steps of (a) under an atmosphere of a first gas, forming microvesicles from dry precursors thereof in an aqueous carrier phase, the microvesicles being microballoons bounded by a material envelope, and thereafter (b) replacing the gas contained within the microvesicles with SF.sub.6.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein the microballoon material is made from an organic polymer.

7. The method claim 6 wherein the polymer is selected from the group consisting of polylactic or polyglycolic acid and their copolymers, denatured serum albumin, reticulated hemoglobin, polystyrene, and esters of polyglutamic and polyaspartic acids.
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