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Written by Yvonne Prince ACS, RDCS, RVT, RDMS, FASE

Abdominal Ultrasound for Echocardiographers: Branches of the Aorta

If you have been following along with Parts 1 and 2 of this blog series, you have already learned how important landmarks are in scanning the abdominal vasculature.  We provided a step-by-step method for identifying and imaging the abdominal aorta. This week in Part 3, we will discuss tips and...
Written by Yvonne Prince ACS, RDCS, RVT, RDMS, FASE

Abdominal Ultrasound for Echocardiographers: Aorta and IVC

In an early blog, Abdominal Ultrasound for Echocardiographers: Part 1, we reviewed some basic tips for echocardiographers scanning the abdomen.  We reviewed artifacts, image orientation and patient positioning.  This week we will provide you with 6 steps to successfully identify the aorta and...
Written by Yvonne Prince ACS, RDCS, RVT, RDMS, FASE

Abdominal Ultrasound for Echocardiographers: Part 1

How often have you found yourself “in over your head” in the abdomen when trying to image the IVC and abdominal aorta? Is imaging the abdominal aorta part of your echo protocol?  It is not uncommon for a patient to receive an abdominal ultrasound because the echo findings mentioned the...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

4 Errors to Avoid when Measuring Aortic Valve Velocity

Evaluating the aortic valve is a routine part of an echocardiogram. There are many methods we use to determine the structure and function of the valve, including 2D, color Doppler and a combination of pulsed & continuous-wave Doppler. With short examination times being a common challenge, it...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Back to the Basics: Aortic Valve Anatomy

We evaluate the aortic valve for pathology on every patient we scan. It's easy to forget the basic concept of anatomy and the functions each part of the valve plays in opening & closing of the leaflets. This blog is going to be a refresher and cover the basic anatomy of the aortic...

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