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Transcranial ultrasound from diagnosis to early stroke treatment. 1. Feasibility of prehospital cerebrovascular assessment.
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PMID:  18984953     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: To test whether portable duplex ultrasound devices can be used in a prehospital '911' emergency situation to assess intracranial arteries. METHODS: Non-contrast-enhanced transcranial duplex ultrasound studies were performed either immediately at the site of the emergency (i.e. private home) or after transfer into the emergency helicopter/ambulance vehicle. RESULTS: A total of 25 patients were enrolled. In 5/25 cases, intracranial vessels could not be visualized due to insufficient quality of the temporal bone window. In 20/25 cases, bilateral visualization and Doppler flow measurements of the middle cerebral artery could be assessed in a mean time less than 2 min. CONCLUSION: Emergency assessment of intracranial arteries using portable duplex ultrasound devices is feasible shortly after arrival at the patient's site.
Thilo Holscher; Felix Schlachetzki; Markus Zimmermann; Wolfgang Jakob; Karl Peter Ittner; Johann Haslberger; Ulrich Bogdahn; Sandra Boy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article     Date:  2008-11-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cerebrovascular diseases (Basel, Switzerland)     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1421-9786     ISO Abbreviation:  Cerebrovasc. Dis.     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-04     Completed Date:  2009-03-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100851     Medline TA:  Cerebrovasc Dis     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  659-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Radiology and Neuroscience, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA 92103-8756, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Air Ambulances
Diagnosis, Differential
Early Diagnosis
Emergency Medical Services / methods*
Emergency Medicine
Feasibility Studies
Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery / ultrasonography
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis
Patient Care Team
Point-of-Care Systems
Seizures / diagnosis
Stroke / ultrasonography*
Time Factors
Ultrasonography, Doppler, Transcranial*

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