Definition: Small encapsulated gas bubbles (diameters of micrometers) that can be used as CONTRAST MEDIA, and in other diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Upon exposure to sufficiently intense ultrasound, microbubbles will cavitate, rupture, disappear, release gas content. Such characteristics of the microbubbles can be used to enhance diagnostic tests, dissolve blood clots, and deliver drugs or genes for therapy.
coordinate with CONTRAST MEDIA, specific diagnostic technique or therapeutic technique if pertinent
Other names Microbubble; Gas Aphrons, Colloidal; Gas Aphron, Colloidal; Colloidal Gas Aphron; Aphrons, Colloidal Gas; Aphron, Colloidal Gas; Colloidal Gas Aphrons