Diagnostische Nervensonographie

Translated title of the contribution: Diagnostic nerve ultrasonography

T. Bäumer*, A. Grimm, T. Schelle

*Corresponding author for this work
5 Citations (Scopus)


Clinical/methodical issue: For the diagnostics of nerve lesions an imaging method is necessary to visualize peripheral nerves and their surrounding structures for an etiological classification. Standard radiological methods: Clinical neurological and electrophysiological investigations provide functional information about nerve lesions. The information provided by a standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination is inadequate for peripheral nerve diagnostics; however, MRI neurography is suitable but on the other hand a resource and time-consuming method. Methodical innovations: Using ultrasonography for peripheral nerve diagnostics. Performance: With ultrasonography reliable diagnostics of entrapment neuropathies and traumatic nerve lesions are possible. The use of ultrasonography for neuropathies shows that a differentiation between different forms is possible. Achievements: Nerve ultrasonography is an established diagnostic tool. In addition to the clinical examination and clinical electrophysiology, structural information can be obtained, which results in a clear improvement in the diagnostics. Ultrasonography has become an integral part of the diagnostic work-up of peripheral nerve lesions in neurophysiological departments. Practical recommendations: Nerve ultrasonography is recommended for the diagnostic work-up of peripheral nerve lesions in addition to clinical and electrophysiological investigations. It should be used in the clinical work-up of entrapment neuropathies, traumatic nerve lesions and spacy-occupying lesions of nerves.

Translated title of the contributionDiagnostic nerve ultrasonography
Original languageGerman
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)157-165
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 01.03.2017


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