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Ultrasound Imaging of the Brachial Plexus and Nerves About the Neck

Nwawka, O. Kenechi, MD

doi: 10.1097/RUQ.0000000000000396
Review Article

This review describes techniques for sonographic evaluation of the brachial plexus and multiple regional nerve branches in the neck, essential for successful implementation of neurosonology in the neck. High-frequency ultrasound transducers have the ability to produce superior, high-resolution images, allowing for superb depiction of nerve fascicular anatomy. Sonographic appearances of normal nerve anatomy and nerve-specific pathology are reviewed. Benefits and limitations of ultrasound nerve imaging compared with magnetic resonance imaging are discussed.

Department of Radiology and Imaging, Hospital for Special Surgery; and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Address correspondence to: Ogonna Kenechi Nwawka, MD, Department of Radiology and Imaging, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 E 70th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10021 (e-mail:

Compendium date: June, 2019

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