Head and Neck Ultrasonography Periprocedural Care

Updated: Aug 21, 2015
  • Author: Yuemi An-Grogan, MD; Chief Editor: Gowthaman Gunabushanam, MD, FRCR  more...
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Periprocedural Care

Equipment

For all ultrasound examinations of the head and neck, the high frequency, linear array transducer provides the best visualization, given that all objects of interest are superficial.

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Patient Preparation

Anesthesia

Anaesthesia is usually not indicated for head and neck ultrasonography examinations.

Positioning

For all ultrasound examinations of the head and neck, the patient is to be supine. The head of the bed can be arranged to any angle for patient and sonographer comfort. Having the patient turn their head left or right and/or swallowing may help evaluate some thyroid lesions and aid in performing the examination.

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