, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 555–559 | Cite as

Visualisation of intracranial aneurysms by transcranial duplex sonography

  • C. Klötzsch
  • H. C. Nahser
  • B. Fischer
  • H. Henkes
  • D. Kühne
  • P. Berlit
Diagnostic Neuroradiology


We examined 72 patients with 89 angiographically confirmed intracranial aneurysms, using transcranial colour-coded duplex sonography (TCCD) to determine the location and size of the aneurysm. The patients were admitted for coil embolisation of their aneurysm following subarachnoid haemorrhage or because of a cranial nerve palsy. Using a 2/2.25 MHz transducer, 42 aneurysms (47%) were seen satisfactorily through the temporal bone window or foramen magnum. In 24 cases (27%) image quality was insufficient as a result of a poor bone window, of the aneurysm having a diameter of less than 6 mm or of its being in an unfavourable location. In 23 other cases (26%) it was not possible to detect the aneurysm. Thrombosed structures could be demonstrated using TCCD in 8 of 12 giant intracavernous or basilar artery aneurysms, and in 15 of 19 aneurysms treated by platinum coil embolisation. TCCD offers a noninvasive method for monitoring progressive intra-aneurysmal thrombosis following coil embolisation and for follow-up of patients with untreatable fusiform aeurysms, should this be required. Detection of small aneurysms is limited by spatial resolution and insonation angles.

Key words

Aneurysm Transcranial colour-coded duplex sonography Embolisation Subarachnoid haemorrhage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Klötzsch
    • 1
  • H. C. Nahser
    • 2
  • B. Fischer
    • 1
  • H. Henkes
    • 2
  • D. Kühne
    • 2
  • P. Berlit
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyAlfried-Krupp-HospitalEssenGermany
  2. 2.Department of NeuroradiologyAlfried-Krupp-HospitalEssenGermany

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