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Dear Friends of Ultrasound,
With the launch of the new EFSUMB website [(1)], we would like to invite you to contribute to the Scientific Corner with study proposals and designs which can not be done alone and have to be realised, therefore, in a team (multicentric).

The scientific ultrasound community is challenged to perform more multicenter and interdisciplinary studies in the upcoming years to increase the influence of ultrasound techniques in daily practice. In that regard it is of interest that "our" (EFSUMB) scientific journal European Journal of Ultrasound /Ultraschall in der Medizin" has been dramatically improving over the last years with a current impact factor (IF) of more than 4!. Additionally, the EFSUMB-CEUS-guidelines (third generation) and elastography recommendations have also been recently published. This is a real success story.
The EFSUMB scientific corner could help to perform scientific projects:
Pediatric Registry, to collect contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) data in pediatric patients which is on the one hand off-label use but on the other a safe procedure for children (for details see EFSUMB Newsletter about the Pediatric Registry (www.efsumb.org …….) [(2)]. EFSUMB is a leading organisation to show that CEUS in pediatric patients is a safe and effective procedure [(3)]. However, data are lacking, so we need your help to collect them to improve diagnosis in children.
EFSUMB-EUS-registry, to show the distribution of application forms and techniques and safety profile. The successful DEGUM-EUS-registry [(4;5)] will be expanded to a European level.
Multicentric studies in general [(6-10)]
Case collections of rare diseases, e.g., fasciola hepatis (see case of the month (www.efsumb.org)).
Others [(11-14)].

Cordially, Christoph F. Dietrich
  1. Dietrich CF, Rudd L. The EFSUMB website, a guide for better understanding. Med Ultrason 2013; 15(3):215-223.
  2. Nolsoe C, Piscaglia F, Dietrich CF, Gritzmann N, Sporea I. Primum non nocere? Why Can't We Use Second Generation Ultrasound Contrast Agents for the Examination of Children? Ultraschall Med 2011; 32:83-86.
  3. Schreiber-Dietrich D, Dietrich CF. Contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and off-label use (in children). Ultraschall Med 2012; 33(3):295-296.
  4. Jenssen C, Alvarez-Sanchez MV, Napoleon B, Faiss S. Diagnostic endoscopic ultrasonography: assessment of safety and prevention of complications. World J Gastroenterol 2012; 18(34):4659-4676.
  5. Dietrich CF. Endoscopic ultrasound, an introductory manual and atlas. Thieme Verlag, 2011.
  6. Strobel D, Seitz K, Blank W, Schuler A, Dietrich C, von Herbay A et al. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound for the characterization of focal liver lesions--diagnostic accuracy in clinical practice (DEGUM multicenter trial). Ultraschall Med 2008; 29(5):499-505.
  7. Strobel D, Seitz K, Blank W, Schuler A, Dietrich CF, von Herbay A et al. Tumor-specific vascularization pattern of liver metastasis, hepatocellular carcinoma, hemangioma and focal nodular hyperplasia in the differential diagnosis of 1,349 liver lesions in contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS). Ultraschall Med 2009; 30(4):376-382.
  8. Seitz K, Strobel D, Bernatik T, Blank W, Friedrich-Rust M, Herbay A et al. Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) for the characterization of focal liver lesions - prospective comparison in clinical practice: CEUS vs. CT (DEGUM multicenter trial). Parts of this manuscript were presented at the Ultrasound Dreilandertreffen 2008, Davos. Ultraschall Med 2009; 30(4):383-389.
  9. Strobel D, Bernatik T, Blank W, Schuler A, Greis C, Dietrich CF et al. Diagnostic accuracy of CEUS in the differential diagnosis of small (</=20 mm) and subcentimetric (</=10 mm) focal liver lesions in comparison with histology. Results of the DEGUM multicenter trial. Ultraschall Med 2011; 32(6):593-597.
  10. Seitz K, Greis C, Schuler A, Bernatik T, Blank W, Dietrich CF et al. Frequency of tumor entities among liver tumors of unclear etiology initially detected by sonography in the noncirrhotic or cirrhotic livers of 1349 patients. Results of the DEGUM multicenter study. Ultraschall Med 2011; 32(6):598-603.
  11. Barreiros AP, Piscaglia F, Dietrich CF. Contrast enhanced ultrasound for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC): comments on AASLD guidelines. J Hepatol 2012; 57(4):930-932.
  12. Dietrich CF, Cui XW, Boozari B, Hocke M, Ignee A. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in the diagnostic algorithm of hepatocellular and cholangiocellular carcinoma, comments on the AASLD guidelines. Ultraschall Med 2012; 33 Suppl 1:S57-S66.
  13. Dietrich CF. Liver tumor characterization--comments and illustrations regarding guidelines. Ultraschall Med 2012; 33 Suppl 1:S22-S30.
  14. Dietrich CF, Cui XW, Schreiber-Dietrich DG, Ignee A. EFSUMB guidelines 2011: comments and illustrations. Ultraschall Med 2012; 33 Suppl 1:S11-S21.

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