Duplex sonography of the internal thoracic artery. Preoperative assessment.

  title={Duplex sonography of the internal thoracic artery. Preoperative assessment.},
  author={H J Sons and Roger Gerd Marx and Erhard Godehardt and Benno L{\"o}sse and Jiř{\'i} Kunert and W H Bircks},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  volume={108 3},
Ultrasonic duplex scanning was used to examine 211 internal thoracic arteries. The investigating vessels were classified as normal, abnormal, and occluded. The results of the duplex examination were compared with angiography as the reference method. The diameter measurements showed virtually no differences between the two methods. Normal internal thoracic arteries showed a continuous decrease of the systolic flow velocities from proximal to distal and a narrow to moderate spectral flow curve… CONTINUE READING