In this paper just published in the European Journal of Neurology, the European Society of Neurosonology and Cerebral Hemodynamics (ESNCH) provided recommendations for the performance of neurovascular ultrasound investigations, with the aim of protecting both patients and ultrasound providers. To develop the document, members of the “ultrasound in acute stroke working group” of the ESNCH examined literature articles and reviews using the following key words: “corona virus” or “COVID- 19” or “SARS-CoV-2 virus”, and “acute stroke” or “cerebrovascular disease”, and “ultrasound”. World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations on COVID-19 pandemic were also consulted. After a thorough discussion with the “education and guidelines working group” of the ESNCH, a final consensus was reached. In the paper the authors focused on pre-hospital assessment, intra-hospital assessment, ultrasound equipment and organisation of the neurosonology laboratory.
by Marialuisa Zedde and Francesco Cavallieri