Indikationen für den intraoperativen Ultraschall bei Eingriffen im Kopf-Hals-Bereich

Translated title of the contribution: Indications of intraoperative ultrasound in head and neck surgery

M. Stieve, P. R. Issing, K. F. MacK, T. Lenarz, N. Prenzler*

*Corresponding author for this work
3 Citations (Scopus)


Indications of Intraoperative Ultrasound in Head and Neck Surgery Background: A possible use of B-scan sonography arises from the difficulty in transferring information by means of imaging to the intraoperative situation, which is now possible with navigation systems in complicated surgical procedures in the field of otolaryngology. A solution to this problem offers the intraoperative use of ultrasonography for orientation in soft tissue surgery. Patients and method: A prospective study involving 115 patients in total entailed scanning with a small part linear and fingertip probe with either 10 and 7.5 MHZ. An ultrasound endoscope featuring a 7.5 MHZ convex probe was used to image endolarygeal processes. Results: Indications included panendoscopies, parotidectomies, submandibulectomies, lymph node exstirpations and abscess incisions. The colour doppler sonography was used in reconstructive surgery involving microvascular transplants. The display of soft tissue tumours provided information about tumour size as well as demarcation or infiltration of neighbouring structures. The fingertip probe and the ultrasound endoscopy served to evaluate areas that were morphologically difficult to access. After clamping the radial artery when harvesting the forearm flap, a sufficient perfusion of the thumb and later the sufficiency of the vascular anastomosis could be verified. Conclusion: The intraoperative use of sonography is an inexpensive non-invasive procedure that can be performed by the surgeon himself and allows quick and reliable orientation during difficult operations.

Translated title of the contributionIndications of intraoperative ultrasound in head and neck surgery
Original languageGerman
JournalLaryngo- Rhino- Otologie
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)422-426
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 07.02.2012


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