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

Image from a transcranial ultrasound showing flow in the brain.

  • 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.
  • To request copies of your pictures on a CD, or to request a copy of your report, please call 310-423-8000, option 2 or submit an online request.
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