In the last decade, ultrasound examination in neurology has been undergoing a significant expansion of its modalities. Smaller, yet more accurate, ultrasound devices, allow to expand the concept of neuro-POCUS. Neuro-POCUS is a point of care ultrasound applied to the neurological practice.
It is a goal directed/focused ultrasound examination of the head, neck, and/or musculoskeletal system, performed at the patient’s bedside or where the patient is being observed/treated, aiming to obtain a prompt answer to a specific clinical question related to neurological symptoms, in real time, for guiding diagnostics (e. g., symptom-based examination) and treatment, including therapeutic supporting procedures (e. g., image guidance).
The NeuroPOCUS working group, a joint project by the European Academy of Neurology Scientific Panel Neurosonology, the European Society of Neurosonology and Cerebral Hemodynamics, and the European Reference Centers in Neurosonology (EAN SPN/ESNCH/ERcNsono Neuro-POCUS working group), was given the task of describing the concept of Neuro-POCUS, and the paper has just been published: Valaikiene J, Schlachetzki F, Azevedo E, Kaps M, Lochner P, Katsanos AH, Walter U, Baracchini C, Bartels E, Školoudík D. Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Neurology. Report of the EAN SPN / ESNCH / ERcNsono Neuro-POCUS Working Group. Eur J Ultrasound 2022 May 5. doi: 10.1055/a-1816-8548.
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