Patients with acute cerebrovascular disease are candidates for urgent echocolor Doppler evaluation and immediate initiation of appropriate medical or surgical treatment.
In the acute phase of cerebral ischemia, the echocolor Doppler of the extracranial vessels is performed to localize the possible stenosis/occlusion, to have information about the degree of stenosis and the composition/surface of the plaque.
Ultrasounds in acute phase also allow the diagnosis (or suspicion) of uncommon causes of stroke: so ultrasound imaging will help to identify the underlying mechanism of the stroke (atherothrombotic, embolic, dissection or other).
In this lesson the role of the echocolor Doppler of the extracranial vessels in acute cerebrovascular disease is presented.
Franco Accorsi, MD
Member of the Order of Physician of Bologna n° 6728
I am a specialist in Medical Angiology and I am based in Bologna, Italy. Until 2008 (voluntary resignation) I worked at Maggiore Hospital in Bologna as "Dirigente Medico" in the Department of Internal Medicine and as Angiologist in the Angiology Unit with a position of "Alta Professionalità" in "Vascular Ecography and Angiology".
I am currently working in Bologna as an independent professional in the areas of angiology and vascular diagnostics.
I have been a speaker at national and international courses/congress and I have taught duplex ultrasound method in GIUV and SIUMB courses at the Maggiore Hospital, Bologna and courses of echocolor Doppler of extracranial and intracranial arteries at the Stroke Unit of S. Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia.