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Cranial Ultrasound


Image of cranial ultrasound

Child's brain illustration copyright 2000 by Nucleus Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.nucleusinc.com

Images courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Cranial ultrasound uses reflected sound waves to produce pictures of the brain and the inner fluid chambers (ventricles) through which cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows. This test is most commonly done on babies to evaluate complications of premature birth.

Figure 1 shows a normal brain of a newborn baby. Figure 2 shows an area of bleeding in a premature newborn baby.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerHoward Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
Last RevisedDecember 5, 2010

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