Vascular signals from pleura-based lung lesions studied with pulsed Doppler ultrasonography

G. Civardi, F. Fornari, L. Cavanna, M. Di Stasi, G. Sbolli, S. Rossi, E. Buscarini, L. Buscarini

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Vascular signals arising from pleura-based lung lesions were studied in 50 patients using pulsed Doppler ultrasonography. Twenty-seven had malignant lesions and 23 benign lesions. In 24/27 of the malignant masses, we observed no Doppler signals: in 2 cases, a low-velocity, turbulent, pulsatile flow was demonstrated; in 1 case pulsed Doppler ultrasonography showed only a low- velocity, continuous flow. In 20/23 of the benign lesions, we found 2 types of Doppler signal waveforms: an irregularly pulsatile, venous-like signal, and a regularly pulsatile, arterial-like waveform. The last 8 patients of our series underwent color Doppler ultrasound examination, which demonstrated the presence of arterial and venous vessels in 4 benign lesions and the absence of blood flow in 4 malignant masses. To our knowledge, we report for the first time the ability of obtaining Doppler signals from a variety of lung lesions. The actual clinical relevance of this application requires further studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-622
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • Blood flow
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Lung lesions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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