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Ultrasound examinations of head and neck vessels

Ultrasound is a versatile imaging technique that can reveal pathological changes in various organs and tissues. Moreover, the examination does not require radiation, it is pain-free, and it provides fast results.


At the Department of Neuroradiology, we use ultrasound to examine the head and the neck. The technique is useful for assessing the blood vessels in this region and to detect evidence of narrowing, occlusion, malformation or inflammation.

Special examinations

In addition to performing standard ultrasound examinations of the head, we also offer the following special techniques:

Advantages and disadvantages

Sonography has many advantages: it does not negatively impact the patient’s health, does not involve radiation, and is pain-free. There are no risks associated with ultrasound.

Why choose the USZ?

Many years of expertise

Our clinic is an internationally renowned institution in the field of image-guided diagnostics and minimally invasive treatment. We examine and treat diseases of the brain, the spinal cord, the peripheral nervous system and their associated organs (eyes, auditory, vestibular, etc.), as well as adjacent structures of the head, neck and spine.

Partner network

At the Department of Neuroradiology, we use the latest methods, equipment and imaging techniques. Additionally, we convene with experts in neurosurgery and neurology to develop an individual therapy concept for each case. To guarantee optimal treatment selection and patient care our experienced neuroradiology interventionists further collaborate with experts from other clinics as well as with outstanding nursing and rehabilitation specialists before, during and after the intervention.

Course of treatment

An external ultrasound is performed in several steps:

  • First, the doctor applies a gel to the region they want to examine. The gel ensures good contact between the transducer and the skin. As a consequence, the sound waves penetrate the tissue better.
  • The doctor places the ultrasound probe on the skin.
  • They then move the transducer over the region to be examined while applying light pressure.
  • On the monitor, the organs and tissues can be viewed from different directions and angles.

An ultrasound examination usually takes only a few minutes. It is pain-free and does not bear any risks.

Preparation none
Anesthesia none
Duration of examination a few minutes

For patients

As a patient, you cannot register directly for a consultation. Please get referred by your primary care physician or specialist. If you have any questions, please contact the scheduling office.

Tel. +41 43 254 41 20

For referring physicians

Refer your patient for an ultrasound appointment through the online form or through an email to the scheduling office.

Tel. +41 43 254 41 20