Echocolor Doppler of the Extracranial Vessels

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.

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