> Aorta and IVC Ultrasound: Transverse Aorta Proximal to Distal
Aorta and IVC Ultrasound

Transverse Aorta Proximal to Distal

Proximal Aorta


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We’ll start by visualizing the abdominal aorta in the transverse plane with the indicator to the patients right or our left as we are looking from the feet upwards. We can usually visualize the entire abdominal aorta between the xyphoid process at the inferior edge of the rib cage and the umbilicus. Ideally, we can go all the way from the first branch of abdominal aorta which is the celiac artery, down to the bifurcation into the iliacs. In practice this can be challenging sometimes particularly in obese patients. You can be reasonably confident that if you see at least the midportion of the aorta and there is no aneurysm that the patient doesn’t have one, as this is typically where you will find it. So we are starting here with the proximal aorta and you can see that first branch which is the celiac and it is branching into the common hepatic artery going to the patient’s right and the splenic artery to the patient’s left.


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