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Role of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in stroke
  1. Sanjukta Sarkar,
  2. Sujoy Ghosh,
  3. Sandip Kumar Ghosh,
  4. Andrew Collier
  1. The Ayr Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, UK
  1. Dr Sandip Kumar Ghosh, The Ayr Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA6 6DX, UK; sandy.ghosh{at}aaaht.scot.nhs.uk

Abstract

Transcranial Doppler sonongraphy is a non-invasive, non-ionising, inexpensive, portable and safe technique that uses a pulsed Doppler transducer for assessment of intracerebral blood flow. This article deals with the principles and technique of transcranial Doppler sonography. It gives a brief overview of its use in evaluation of intracranial steno-occlusive disease, subarachnoid haemorrhage, and extracranial diseases including carotid artery disease and subclavian steal syndrome. The role of transcranial Doppler in detection of microembolic signals and evaluation of right to left shunts is also dealt with. Finally, its use in acute stroke is briefly outlined.

  • stroke
  • transcranial Doppler ultrasoound

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  • Competing interests: None

  • Abbreviations:
    ACA
    anterior cerebral artery
    HITS
    high intensity transient signals
    ICA
    internal carotid artery
    MCA
    middle cerebral artery
    MES
    microembolic signals
    PCA
    posterior cerebral artery
    PFO
    patent foramen ovale
    PI
    pulsatility index
    SAH
    subarachnoid haemorrhage
    TCD
    transcranial Doppler ultrasound
    TIA
    transient ischaemic attack
    TIBI
    Thrombolysis In Brain Ischaemia
    TOE
    transoesophageal echocardiography

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