Brain Ultrasound in the Non-neurocritical Care Setting

  • C. Robba
  • L. Ball
  • P. PelosiEmail author
Part of the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (AUICEM)


The clinical applications of ultrasound in intensive care and perioperative medicine have expanded enormously over the past decades. In particular, brain ultrasonography and transcranial Doppler (TCD) can help with early detection of neurological emergencies and provide real-time information on the cerebral hemodynamics of critically ill patients. Ultrasound enables assessment of brain structures and detection of anatomy, as well as calculation of basic and TCD-derived parameters. Among these, non-invasive assessment of intracranial pressure (ICP), cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) and autoregulation mechanisms have gained particular interest and can have useful clinical applications also outside the specialized neurocritical care unit.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Anaesthesia and Intensive CareSan Martino Policlinico Hospital, IRCCS for OncologyGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Surgical Sciences and Integrated DiagnosticsUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly

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