Color Doppler Sonography used to treat premature infants with serious illness

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Color Doppler sonography is now being used to detect necrotizing entercolitis (NEC), an acquired inflammatory gastrointestinal disease in premature infants. Radiologists are using a unique type of ultrasound in detecting this life-threatening problem by measuring blood flow to the intestines of newborns, according to a study in the May issue of the journal Radiology.

This type of treatment was tested from 2000-2002 at the University of Toronto by examining 30 infants suspected or proven to have NEC. The results of examinations using color Doppler sonography (CDS) against those using abdominal x-rays showed that the CDS results were a more sensitive and detailed, according to the study.

Additional benefits of CDS include its ability to show the severity of the NEC giving physicians more treatment options, it is non-invasive, and free of ionizing radiation, the study said.