ASN's Mission

ASN leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients.

learn more

Contact ASN

1401 H St, NW, Ste 900, Washington, DC 20005


The Latest on Twitter

Kidney Week

Abstract: PO0057

A Pilot Trial to Evaluate the Clinical Usefulness of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in Predicting Renal Outcomes in Patients with AKI

Session Information

Category: Acute Kidney Injury

  • 102 AKI: Clinical, Outcomes, and Trials


  • Hong, Suyeon, Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital, Uijeongbu, Korea (the Republic of)
  • Kim, Da won, Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital, Incheon, Korea (the Republic of)
  • Kim, Dongryul, Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital, Incheon, Korea (the Republic of)
  • Shin, Seok Joon, Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital, Incheon, Korea (the Republic of)
  • Yoon, Hye Eun, Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital, Incheon, Korea (the Republic of)

Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) enables the assessment of real-time renal microcirculation. This study investigated CEUS-driven parameters as hemodynamic predictors for renal outcomes in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI).


Forty-eight patients who were diagnosed with AKI were prospectively enrolled and underwent CEUS at the occurrence of AKI. Parameters measured were the wash-in slope (WIS), time to peak intensity, peak intensity (PI), area under the time–intensity curve (AUC), mean transit time (MTT), time for full width at half maximum, and rise time (RT). The predictive performance of the CEUS-driven parameters for Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) AKI stage, initiation of renal replacement therapy (RRT), AKI recovery, and chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression was assessed. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of CEUS.


Cortical RT (Odds ratio [OR] = 1.21) predicted the KDIGO stage 3 AKI. Cortical MTT (OR = 1.07) and RT (OR = 1.20) predicted the initiation of RRT. Cortical WIS (OR = 76.23) and medullary PI (OR = 1.25) predicted AKI recovery. Medullary PI (OR = 0.78) and AUC (OR = 1.00) predicted CKD progression. The areas under the ROC curves showed reasonable performance for predicting the initiation of RRT and AKI recovery. The sensitivity and specificity of the quantitative CEUS parameters were 60–83% and 62–77%, respectively, with an area under the curve of 0.69–0.75.


CEUS may be a supplemental tool in diagnosing the severity of AKI and predicting renal prognosis in patients with AKI.


  • Government Support - Non-U.S.