Implant-associated infections are difficult-to-treat conditions associated with high morbidity, mortality and length of hospitalization. The sonication method, which is based on the application of long-wave ultrasounds radiating in a liquid medium, has been recently validated for the diagnosis of prosthetic joint infections. In the present article, Oliva A et al. comprehensively review the role of sonication for foreign bodies other than orthopedics, such as breast, urinary, endovascular and cerebral implants.
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Oliva A, Pavone P, D’Abramo A, Iannetta M, Mastroianni CM, Vullo V. Role of Sonication in the Microbiological Diagnosis of Implant-Associated Infections: Beyond the Orthopedic Prosthesis. Adv Exp Med Biol 2015 [Epub ahead of print], PMID: 26566645.