Thoracic Ultrasound

The Inferior Thoracic Space

Inferior Thoracic Space For Effusion

  • Coronal plane
  • Slide/ angle superiorly
  • Visualize diaphragm
  • Look for fluid above
sensor position


So we’ll start with the inferior thoracic spaces. In this case we’re using a curvilinear probe at the right flank. This is a coronal plane and we’re looking into the body. Typically you will see the liver here and above the liver is the diaphragm which is where you are really looking to interrogate. You just angle the probe a little bit more superiorly than you would for the liver and kidney and try to get that inferior thoracic space.

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