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.

Above: Image from a transcranial ultrasound showing flow in the brain.

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.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 310-423-8000. 

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.