Color comet-tail artifact

Case contributed by Dr Abdallah Al Khateeb

Presentation

Lower urinary tract symptoms

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Male
Ultrasound

The grey scale image shows an echogenic focus dependent in the urinary bladder, showing clear posterior acoustic shadowing. Also, the prostate gland is enlarged and indenting the base of the urinary bladder.
On the color Doppler image, there is an area of turbulent flow-like shadow, emanating from the focus.

Case Discussion

Color comet-tail artifact is the result of the ultrasonic Doppler waves facing a highly reflective object, which in this case is a stone.

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Case information

rID: 43714
Published: 22nd Mar 2016
Last edited: 30th May 2020
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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