J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 73:594-596 doi:10.1136/jnnp.73.5.594
  • Short report

Non-invasive assessment of extracranial–intracranial bypass grafts using advanced ultrasound technology

  1. D Birchall1,
  2. P English1,
  3. L Tacconi2
  1. 1Department of Neuroradiology and Regional Neurosciences Centre, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  2. 2Department of Neurosurgery, Regional Neurosciences Centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr D Birchall, Department of Neuroradiology, Newcastle General Hospital, Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE4 6BE, UK;
  • Received 27 December 2001
  • Accepted 12 July 2002
  • Revised 14 June 2002


There have been significant developments in ultrasound technology in the last few years which have resulted in an increase in the clinical value of this technique. An illustrative case is presented of how ultrasound technology has been used in the intraoperative and postoperative period to evaluate graft patency and function in patients undergoing extracranial–intracranial bypass graft surgery.


  • Competing interests: none declared.

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