Ultraschall in Med 2019; 40(04): 400-402
DOI: 10.1055/a-0961-3487
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

How small can small nerves be for diagnostic ultrasonography?

Wie klein können kleine Nerven sein für den diagnostischen Ultraschall?
Uwe Walter
Department of Neurology, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany
› Author Affiliations
Further Information

Publication History

Publication Date:
05 August 2019 (online)

Ultrasonography is the method of choice for imaging the peripheral nervous system [1]. Clinically, imaging especially of small peripheral nerves is relevant for the following purposes: (i) their localization for avoiding harm during surgical or other invasive procedures [2] [3] [4], (ii) the targeting of therapeutics or surgical procedures at these nerves [5] [6] [7] [8] [9], and (iii) the measuring of their caliber for assessing compressive, inflammatory or degenerative neuropathies [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18].