Aorta and IVC Ultrasound

Initial Visualization

Aorta and IVC

  • Good place to start ultrasound
  • Teaches anatomic planes, identification of fluid
  • Can be lifesaving – AAA
  • IVC an help with fluid status, other


In this module we are going to talk about ultrasound visualization of the aorta and the inferior vena cava or IVC. This is a good place to start with ultrasound for a couple reasons. One, it gives you a sense of two of the primary planes we are going to be using in ultrasound- the transverse and sagittal plane, and also it is quite clinically useful. Visualization of a normal aorta or finding a AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) can actually be life-saving and visualization of the IVC can help with fluid status and other pathology.

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