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Colour comet-tail artefact

The colour comet-tail artefact is an ultrasonographic sign seen in a number of situations, when colour Doppler scanning is performed. 

Typically the artefact, which resembles the grey-scale comet-tail artefact, is seen in situation when a small highly refractive (usually calcific) object is interrogated with colour Doppler. Twinkle artefact occurs and immediately deep to the object a tail linear aliased band of colour extends away from the probe.

The following are situations in which this sign may be present and helpful:


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