Head Ultrasound

Papile's classification for intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH):

  1. Grade I: restricted to germinal matrix subependymal area

  2. Grade II: hemorrhage is extending inside the normally-sized ventricle (will usually fill less than 50% of the ventricle)

  3. Grade III: hemorrhage with extension into a dilated ventricle (typically fills more than 50% of the ventricle)

  4. Grade IV: hemorrhage that extends in the parenchyma

Patient with no IVH

Sagittal view

Coronal view

Head ultrasound without IVH in an extreme premature newborn showing brain immaturity

Full scan examples of premature infants with no IVH

Mild asymmetry in ventricular sizes. IVH grade 2 on the right and grade 2/3 on the left.

Patient with interventricular hemorrhage grade 4 on the right side and grade 3 on the left side:

Example of a sweep identifying the anterior cerebral artery with the pericallosal artery

Pulse-wave Doppler in the pericallosal artery identifying the systolic and diastolic flow velocities. This patient has normal anterograde diastolic flow.

How to evaluate arterial cerebral Doppler flows.

Coronal view outlining the systolic and diastolic phase, with anterograde flow, in the anterior cerebral artery.

Sagittal view outlining the systolic and diastolic phase, with anterograde flow, in the anterior cerebral artery.

Sagittal view outlining the diastolic retrograde flow, in the middle cerebral artery.

Coronal view outlining the Circle of Willis, with the cursor on the middle cerebral artery

Anterior cerebral artery by Doppler colour, going in front of the lateral ventricle.

Peak systolic velocity (PSV) is 0.31 m/s

End diastolic velocity (EDV) is 0.09 m/s

Mean velocity (TAMX: time averaged maximum velocity) is 0.17 m/s

Velocity time integral (VTI) - estimation of stroke distance - 6.9 cm

Resistive index (RI) is PSV-EDV/PSV = (0.31-0.09)/0.31 = 0.71

Pulsatility index = PSV - EDV / TAMX = (0.31-0.09)/0.17= 1.29

IVH grade 3 (left) and 4 (right) with intraventricular dilatation

Right-sided grade III and left-sided grade IV IVH with retracting intraventricular clot.

Bilateral grade 4 IVH

Full scan of premature infants with bilateral IVH grade 3 or bilateral grade 4

IVH grade 3 bilateral

IVH grade4 bilateral

Module by Dr Pia Wintermark (NeoBrainLab) on Head Ultrasound

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