Revista chilena de radiología
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HIRSCH S, Michael; PALAVECINO B, Tamara and LEON R, Boris. Twinkling artifact in color Doppler ultrasound: A misunderstood and useful sign . Rev. chil. radiol. [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.2, pp. 82-84. ISSN 0717-9308. doi: 10.4067/S0717-93082011000200006.
The scintillation or twinkling artifact is a not fully understood phenomenon that appears in Color Doppler Ultrasound (U.S.) examinations as a rapid alternation of color immediately behind a stationary echogenic object, giving it a false appearance of movement. This sign is useful in some clinical conditions, especially in urolithiasis, since it increases diagnostic accuracy and sensitivity; therefore, every radiologist should be fully acquainted with this radiologic sign.
Keywords : Artifact; Color Doppler ultrasound; Lithiasis; Radiolog.