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J Ultrasound Med. 2013 Sep;32(9):1671-5. doi: 10.7863/ultra.32.9.1671.

Power M-mode transcranial Doppler examination of the ophthalmic artery in pregnancy: standard operating procedure and review of the literature.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


Our aim was to describe the standard operating procedure for transcranial Doppler investigation of the ophthalmic artery in pregnancy, determine the interobserver and intraobserver variability using power M-mode technology, and review the existing literature. Accordingly, 27 healthy pregnant or immediately postpartum women were enrolled and underwent transcranial Doppler investigation of the ophthalmic artery using power M-mode technology. Good interobserver and intraobserver variability was observed for both, especially with respect to the clinically important indices. Transcranial Doppler power M-mode examination of the ophthalmic artery is easy and reproducible and holds a great deal of potential for investigation in pregnancy.


ophthalmic artery; pregnancy; transcranial Doppler sonography

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