Transcranial Imaging Ultrasound
Your doctor has requested an ultrasound to view and record the blood flow in your brain. In addition, a limited scan of your neck may be performed. Ultrasound technology is safe and images arteries and veins. There is no radiation or injection of chemicals.
At the Cedars-Sinai S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center, we have a specialized team of physicians, nurses and technologists who are experts in ultrasound radiology.
Before Your Exam
- There is no preparation for this procedure.
- If your doctor gave you an order, please bring it with you.
- We want to make your waiting time as pleasant as possible. Please consider bringing your favorite magazine, book or music player to help you pass the time.
- Leave valuables and jewelry at home.
During Your Exam
- The vascular technologist will explain your exam and answer any questions you may have.
- Your procedure may be performed with you lying on the examination table or sitting in a chair.
- The technologist will apply warm gel to your head near your ears.
- A transducer, a small device similar to a microphone, will be placed over each side of your head.
- You will hear the sound of moving blood during the exam. Do not be alarmed; it is harmless.
- Your exam will take approximately 45 minutes.
After Your Exam
- There are no post-examination instructions.
- Your study will be reviewed by a vascular surgeon and the results sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.