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Compound Summary for: CID 6432

perflutren

Also known as: Perfluoropropane, Definity, OCTAFLUOROPROPANE, Propane, octafluoro-, Freon 218, Genetron 218, Octafluorpropan, Optison
Molecular Formula: C3F8   Molecular Weight: 188.019326   InChIKey: QYSGYZVSCZSLHT-UHFFFAOYSA-N
Perflutren, a diagnostic drug that is intended to be used for contrast enhancement during the indicated echocardiographic procedures, is comprised of lipid-coated microspheres filled with octafluoropropane(OFP) gas. When exposed to ultrasound waves, the microspheres resonate and "echo" strong signals back to the ultrasound machine. The difference in density between the gas-filled bubbles and the blood around them creates an increased level of contrast visible in the resulting ultrasound image. During echocardiography, activated Perflutren enhances images of the inner edges or borders of the heart, producing an improved image that may enable physicians to better diagnose patients.   From: DrugBank
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