|Title:||Ultrasound contrast agents and methods of making and using them|
|Abstract:||Gas or air filled microbubble suspensions in aqueous phases usable as imaging contrast agents in ultrasonic echography. They contain laminarized surfactants and, optionally, hydrophilic stabilizers. The laminarized surfactants can be in the form of liposomes. The suspensions are obtained by exposing the laminarized surfactants to air or a gas before or after admixing with an aqueous phase. One can impart outstanding resistance against collapse under pressure to these gas-filled microbubbles 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 (Carouge, CH), Gercel, legal representative; Nadine (Ambilly, FR), Puginier; Jerome (La Chable-Beaumont, FR), Barrau; Maria-Bernadette (Geneve, CH), Bussat; Philippe (Falgeres, FR), Hybl; Eva (Heidelberg, DE), Bichon; Daniel (Montpeiller, FR), Grenier, deceased; Pascal (Ambilly, FR)|
|Assignee:||Bracco International B.V. (Amsterdam, NL)|
|Filing Date:||Apr 12, 2002|
|Claims:||1. A method of ultrasound imaging comprising: administering to a subject a contrast agent comprising microbubbles, said microbubbles comprising C.sub.2ClF.sub.5 gas and said microbubbles being stabilized at least in part by a mono molecular membrane layer of cardiolipin; and ultrasonically imaging said subject.|
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