How to Image Cervical Vessels
What you will learn
Are you ready to start imaging? After laying out the basement for your successful career as a carotid sonographer, it is time to move to the scanner. In this chapter, you will learn how to position your patient, how to get standard views of the carotid and vertebral arteries, how to use Doppler ultrasound on them, and how to get the best out of your machine. In the last lecture, we discuss CT and MRI imaging as an alternative and complementary modality.
- Imaging Overview
It’s time to start imaging! In this lecture, you will learn the two basic imaging planes for carotid ultrasound, how to obtain them, and some tips and tricks for difficult patients. We also talk about ergonomics and how to position yourself and the patient to avoid injury and strain to your own body.This video lecture is only available for subscribers!
- Transverse and Longitudinal ViewsImaging Carotids
Are you ready for more demonstrations? This lecture is all about the basic views you have to get in every carotid exam. From the origin to the base of the skull, you will learn how to move and where to place your transducer to see everything there is to see in your patient.This video lecture is only available for subscribers!
- Imaging the BifurcationImaging Carotids
What are the standard views that you should record? Here we explain both transverse and longitudinal imaging planes and help you understand the orientation of vessels. See lots of examples of carotid arteries both in B-Mode and color Doppler. After all, not every patient looks the same!This video lecture is only available for subscribers!
- Using Color DopplerImaging Carotids
Color Doppler is an essential part of every carotid ultrasound exam, but using color Doppler can be confusing. In which direction does blood really flow? How can I get the best angulation? Can I use color also in a transverse view? And how do I set my color box? You will find out here!This video lecture is only available for subscribers!
- Spectral DopplerImaging Carotids
Spectral Doppler allows you to measure velocities in the arteries, but there is more to the topic. How do the curves differ? Where should we measure velocities? What are the normal velocities and what are some of the major pitfalls? Janet will demonstrate this and much more directly on the scanner.This video lecture is only available for subscribers!
- Telling ICA from ECAImaging Carotids
Differentiating the internal from the external carotid artery can be tricky if you are new to carotid ultrasound. We all had our problems at the beginning, so in this lecture, we show you simple tricks that will help you identify the arteries. And equally important: we provide lots of examples and demonstrations.This video lecture is only available for subscribers!
- Imaging Vertebral Arteries
The vertebral artery has also been termed “the forgotten artery”, but imaging the vertebral arteries should be an integral part of every exam. This lecture explains the anatomy and topography of the vertebral arteries, how you can find them, and how you can determine the blood flow direction.This video lecture is only available for subscribers!
- Role of Radiology
No matter how good you will get with carotid ultrasound, you will run into situations where other imaging techniques are needed. In many patients, you will also need to know if they have (or had) a stroke. In other patients, you will want to confirm your findings. This is where CT and MRI play an essential role. In this lecture, Marcus Hörmann will share his experience with CT, CT-Angio, MRI, and digital subtraction angiography. Watching this lecture will help you know when to refer a patient to other imaging modalities.This video lecture is only available for subscribers!
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