By Wilhelm Schäberle
This finished and up to date presentation of vascular ultrasound presents a close account of this diagnostic modality and the fascinating enlargement it has obvious lately. The emphasis is at the scientific elements which are appropriate from the angiologist’s and vascular surgeon’s standpoint. the most chapters are subdivided right into a textual content part and an atlas part. The textual content a part of every one bankruptcy offers an account of the respective vascular territory when it comes to its sonoanatomy, the exam approach and general findings, the indicators for diagnostic ultrasound, and the scientific effect of the ultrasound findings. The atlas constituting the second one a part of every one bankruptcy offers a compilation of pertinent case fabric to demonstrate the common ultrasound findings not just of the extra universal vascular ailments but in addition of infrequent stipulations which are however major for the vascular doctor and angiologist. The ultrasound fabric is in comparison with the angiographic and intraoperative findings. This booklet is a gain for novices in addition to for knowledgeable sonographers.
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2 High-resistance Flow A high peripheral resistance results in a more pulsatile flow with a steep systolic upslope during the acceleration phase, followed by deceleration and a significant reflux in early diastole and short backward flow in mid-diastole. Zero flow is typically seen in end diastole. This pattern is referred to as triphasic flow. The systolic pulse wave is in part reflected by the high peripheral resistance and thus moves backward through the arterial system until the flow is again redirected toward the periphery by the influx of blood during the next cardiac cycle.
Selection of a proper transducer assists in achieving an adequate Doppler angle. a A linear-array transducer with a maximum beam deflection of 20° does not enable insonation angles of less than 70° when scanning a vessel running parallel to the skin surface and will lead to the above-described errors b A curved-array transducer with a small radius can be tilted to record the Doppler frequency spectrum with a small angle if the sample volume is placed at the edge of the scan sector. This improves the spectrum obtained and reduces the measurement error because vessels parallel to the skin surface can be interrogated with an angle of incidence of 50 – 60° (57° in the example shown).
Therefore, a sudden decrease in the vessel diameter is associated with an increase in blood flow velocity (a 50 % decrease in diameter, corresponding to a 75 % decrease in cross-sectional area, will result in a 4 times higher flow velocity). The flow profile flattens out (plug flow) when the blood enters a narrower vessel segment. If the increase in flow velocity is known, it is possible, in principle, to calculate the degree of stenosis according to the continuity equation: ⎛ X = 100 · ⎢1 – ⎝ V1⎞ ⎢ V2⎠ X percentage stenosis grade (cross-sectional area reduction) V1 prestenotic velocity V2 intrastenotic velocity This equation for estimating the degree of stenosis does not take into account other systemic factors (blood pressure, wall elasticity, peripheral resistance) that may affect the ultrasound measurement.