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The Partners In HealthManual of Ultrasoundfor Resource Limited SettingsFirst Edition2011Partners In HealthProgram in Infec...
Co-Editors in ChiefSachita P Shah MDDirector of Ultrasound Education, Partners In HealthRwanda & HaitiDirector, Emergency ...
Chapter AuthorsGhada Bakhidar MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBoston MA USAJennifer Carnel...
Sung Han Kim MDInternational Radiology Exchange (iRadX.org)Department of RadiologyMount Auburn HospitalBoston MA USAHeidi ...
Vicki Noble MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBoston MA USATeri Reynolds MD PhDDepartments o...
Case authorsDepartment of Emergency MedicineRhode Island HospitalMeera Muruganandan MDKigutu HospitalVillage Health Works,...
Butaro HospitalInshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In Health RwandaEgide Mpanumusingo MDTharcisse KampungaLeonidas BanyuzuwaboPartn...
ContributorsDavid Elijah LaTouchePhotographic ultrasound modelChris GralappMedical illustratorThomas Ptak MD Ultrasound im...
Published in the United States of America by Partners In Health.Subject to the rights of Partners In Health, this publicat...
NoticeThis guide is intended to be a resource for health care providerswho use clinician-performed, point of care ultrasou...
and/or damage (actual or perceived) to persons or property as aresult of any actual or alleged libelous statement, infring...
Table of ContentsForeword                            14Acknowledgements                    17Abbreviations                ...
ForewordModern day public health began in the 1854 when John Snowfirst identified the source of the London Cholera Epidemic ...
of the community, a staff that is well trained, supervised andcompensated, adequate diagnostic capability and sufficientmedic...
workers than ultrasound. Use of ultrasound in the hands of localproviders is now part of our diagnosis and follow-up of he...
AcknowledgementsSachita ShahMy life is enriched because of the love and support of myhusband, Andrew, and my family, witho...
Gene BukhmanThanks to Alice, my wife and colleague, who has workedtogether with me on this from the very beginning. My par...
Emily WroeDeepest gratitude to my parents for their endlessencouragement and support, to my siblings and best friendswho a...
AbbreviationsAAA	    Abdominal Aortic AneurysmAIDS	   Adult Immunodeficiency SyndromeCT	     Computed TomographyCFV	    Com...
FundamentalsSACHITA SHAH MDIntroductionThis chapter will familiarize the reader with basicprinciples of ultrasound physics...
or hyperechoic, images. Weak echo signals returning tothe probe translate into dark black, or hypoechoic, imageson the ult...
Figure 1. Linear probe                         23
Figure 2. Curved transducerAttenuation means that as the ultrasound beam travelsthrough the body, it looses strength and r...
allow ultrasound beams to pass and reflect at moderatespeeds, creating a gray image on the screen, such asmuscle, liver or ...
Basic Instrumentation and Transducer UseUltrasound waves are generated by an electric currentthat travels through quartz c...
bump or marking on the side of the ultrasound probethat corresponds to a logo or dot on the top of theultrasound screen (F...
Figure 6. Depth markings on the ultrasound screen correspond toactual tissue depth.Gain is the brightness of an image, and...
Figure 7. Gain is used to adjust the brightness of the screen. In 7a, thegain is too low or hypoechoic. In 7b, the gain is...
M Mode applies a reference line on the ultrasound screenthat will show motion towards and away from theultrasound probe at...
see if the vessel is patent. The blue or red colorcorresponds to direction of flow, but does not determinewhether the vesse...
measuring the velocity of flow across an opening, suchas a cardiac valve, to determine degree of stenosis.Figure 10. Pulse ...
ArtifactsOccasionally the ultrasound image will not truly reflectwhat is going on inside the body. Artifacts seen on theult...
Mirror Image Artifact occurs when an ultrasound beam isreflected multiple times. A false representation showingtwo images o...
Figure 12. Posterior acoustic enhancement causes the area deep to thebladder (arrow) to appear hyperechoic.ConclusionCompr...
Recommended reading1. Brant WE. Ultrasound: The Core Curriculum. Philadelphia, PA:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.2. C...
TraumaALLISON MULCAHY MDIntroductionFocused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST)is a screening tool to identify fr...
Abdominal traumaDiagnostic peritoneal lavage or aspiration (DPL or DPA),CT of the abdomen and ultrasonography are the thre...
to further evaluate the patient, if the mechanism orclinical index of suspicion is high.Clinical application• Detection of...
Left upper quadrant viewsUse the intercostal oblique & coronal views to identifyfree fluid in the left chest, subphrenic sp...
TechniqueFor this ultrasound exam, use the curved or phasedarray probe (Figure 1). The ultrasonographer shoulddevelop a st...
Figure 1. Curved probe used for the FAST examStep by step approach                                                42
Right upper quadrant view1. Place the transducer in the mid-axillary line between   the 8th and 11th ribs and point the in...
Figure 3. a: Morison’s pouch view including the diaphragm (arrow),liver, and kidney. b: Note blood in Morison’s pouch (arr...
of fluid superior to the diaphragm is shown in Figure   4. For additional techniques to identify pleural   effusions see the...
Left upper quadrant view1. Place the abdominal transducer in the left posterior   axillary line between the 8th and 11th r...
see the kidney first, move the probe up a rib space to   find the spleen. The left kidney is more difficult to   identify beca...
cephalad to the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a  hyperechoic structure, and pleural fluid will appear as  an anechoic stripe ...
Figure 7. Probe position for longitudinal (a) and transverse (b) views ofthe pelvis2. Scan longitudinally, inspecting the ...
Figure 8. a. Normal pelvic view showing the uterus (arrow) andbladder (*). b. Blood in the pelvis of a trauma patient.4. S...
5. Lower the far gain to decrease the brightness of the  image deep to the bladder. This will make it easier to  see fluid ...
pleural effusions can be identified by having the patientsit up. Ultrasound can detect pleural effusions as smallas 20 mL, wh...
Pericardial Effusions1. Place the abdominal abdominal probe in the   subxyphoid area and angle it toward the patients left...
2. Scan the heart to identify an anechoic fluid stripe   between the heart muscle, which appears grey on   ultrasound, and ...
parasternal short or Apical four chamber views to   inspect for pericardial effusion, which will appear as   an anechoic st...
2. The probe will need to be rotated to fit in between  the rib spaces.3. Look for the hyperechoic diaphragm.4. Look for hy...
thoracentesis or chest tube placement to quicklydetermine if a pneumothorax is present.Clinical application• Detection of ...
Figure 12. Hyperechoic pleural line (arrowheads)                                                   58
Seashore signIn M mode, the motion of the pleural sliding willproduce a grainy pattern deep to the chest wall-lunginterfac...
Stratosphere SignIn M mode, a pneumothorax will not produce a grainypattern, as with the seashore sign, but a continuedpat...
extending downward, as shown in Figure 15. Theabsence of comet tails may indicate the presence of apneumothorax.Figure 15....
TechniqueUse the linear transducer or curved array probe (Figure16). The linear transducer will provide bettervisualizatio...
used to confirm diagnosis. The exam should be repeatedin at least 4 intercostal spaces on each side.Step by step approach1....
2. The index marker should point toward the patient s   head in the sagital plane.3. Look for the pleural interface flanked...
4. Look for pleural sliding with respirations. This will  look like ants marching along the pleural interface.5. Look for ...
ascites and hemoperitoneum, and should be used to rulein rather than rule out hemoperitoneum. The FASTtechniques described...
4. Gaarder C, et al. Ultrasound performed by radiologists-  confirming the truth about FAST in trauma. J Trauma  2009;67:32...
12. Cunningham J, et al. Enhanced recognition of "lung sliding"  with power color Doppler imaging in the diagnosis of  pne...
EchocardiographySACHIN SHAH MDGENE BUKHMAN MD, PHDIntroductionEchocardiography or cardiac ultrasound has been usedextensiv...
IndicationsThis tool is helpful as an adjunct to basic history andphysical exam. Oftentimes a disease process can besuspec...
• Orthopnea• Lower extremity edema• Atrial fibrillation or palpitations• Chest pain• Stroke or other embolic phenomenon• Se...
congenital, or pericardial disease should ultimately havea complete echocardiogram performed at a referralcenter.The princ...
Diagnosis              Findings                Exam         Management Cardiomyopathy     Severely depressed         Non-s...
• Cardiomyopathy (reduced systolic function)• Severe right ventricular dilatation• Pericardial effusion• Mitral stenosis• D...
left hand. Sit on the right side of the patient if you areusing your right hand. The ultrasound machine shouldbe on the si...
the image is too bright, you may need to decrease theoverall gain. If you notice the area close to the top ofthe display s...
Next is the apical four chamber view, and finally, thesubxyphoid or subcostal view.Parasternal long axisConventionally, for...
The probe marker should be pointed toward thepatient s right shoulder. The exact location of the probeis not as important ...
Figure 2. An illustration (a) and an ultrasound image (b) of theparasternal long axis view showing the left atrium (LA), l...
focus to be paid to the mitral and aortic valves. Oneshould be able to see the aortic and mitral valves well,but the tricu...
Figure 3. Parasternal long axis view showing the apex (arrow)There are a few ways to do this. First, the probe can bemoved...
the screen. The probe should be tilted up towards thepatient s head slightly.Figure 4. Modified parasternal long axis view ...
Figure 5. Parasternal long axis view showing a pericardial effusion (*)The effusion will be seen between the heart and thep...
Small pericardial effusions (less than one centimeter atthe smallest during the cardiac cycle) are commonlyseen incidentall...
General systolic function can be assessed from this view.However, this is better assessed from the parasternalshort axis v...
the leaflet, resulting in a so-called elbow deformity ofthe anterior leaflet.Figure 7. The mitral valve becomes thickened an...
Rheumatic heart disease can also cause mitralregurgitation, and patients with mitral stenosis may havemitral regurgitation...
accurately. Fortunately, patients with moderate-to-severemitral regurgitation generally have dramatic murmurs onphysical e...
Mitral regurgitation can be due to a number of causes,including rheumatic heart disease, endocarditis, andcardiomyopathies...
Figure 9. Probe position for parasternal short axis view. The probemarker (arrow) points toward the left shoulderThe left ...
Figure 10. Parasternal short axis view showing the right ventricle (RV),left ventricle (LV) and papillary muscles (arrowhe...
from the apex of the heart, if you want to image theheart closer to the level of the mitral valve.The parasternal short ax...
Figure 11. Probe position for apical four chamber view. The probemarker points toward the patient’s leftSince patient s he...
In this view, the left ventricle is located on the right sideof the screen, and the right ventricle is on the left sideof ...
In a normal heart the left ventricle is at least twice thesize of the right ventricle. In the case of severe rightventricu...
Color Doppler can also be used to evaluate the mitralvalve. Press the Color button and place the box over themitral valve ...
This means that during systole, when the left ventricle iscontracting, there is blood leaking from the left ventriclethrou...
In this view, the ventricles are noted on the right of thescreen and the atria on the left. Figure 15 shows anultrasound i...
A pericardial effusion will appear as an echo-lucent(black) area between the heart and the thin white stripeof the pericard...
right atrium. The transducer is then turned slowlycounterclockwise until a linear, vascular structure isseen emptying into...
ConclusionWith training, general health care providers can becomeproficient in echocardiography. The main indications forca...
4. Otto C. The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography, 2nd Edition.  Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders, 2002.5. Solomon S. Es...
Obstetrics:1st trimesterDAN PRICE MDIntroductionUltrasound is an important tool to evaluate pregnantwomen. This chapter wi...
the 1st trimester. When an ectopic pregnancy ruptures,the mother can die from internal bleeding, because thefetus cannot c...
TechniqueUse an curved transducer (Figure 1).Figure 1. The curved transducer                                       105
The index marker (bump or line) should point to themother s head for the long axis view of the uterus. Theother end of the...
3). The uterus is shaped like a bean. On the screen, itappears gray, or moderately echogenic. Thesonographer should fan or...
to look for blood within the abdomen as well as thepelvis. The sonographer can begin imaging the areabetween the liver and...
abdomen, this finding is an indication for immediatesurgery to control the bleeding.Findings: Contents within uterusEarly i...
The clinician must see the yolk sac to say that thepregnancy is inside the uterus, and that the motherprobably does not ha...
miscarriage. She must be examined to make sure thereis no infection, and that she has not sustained trauma. Ifthe mother h...
Measuring gestational ageWhen viewing a baby ultrasound, the sonographer canmeasure how old it is using ultrasound. This i...
While all machines are different, here is an example ofstep-by-step measurement technique using a Sonositeultrasound machin...
Figure 8. CRL measured with calipers. Gestational age calculationappears at the bottom of the screen (arrow).Pushing Freez...
ultrasound exam. The information from the firsttrimester ultrasound can help predict a likely due date,which mothers may ne...
Obstetrics:2nd & 3rd trimestersSACHITA SHAH MDJACKLIN SAINT-FLEUR MDIntroductionUltrasound is the best imaging modality to...
menstrual period information is not known, evaluate theplacenta for previa, evaluate the cervix for prematureshortening or...
within 2 weeks in the second trimester) and to within 3weeks in the third trimester due to variability innormally growing ...
fetal head, heart, abdomen and lower extremities arelocated within the uterus. Plan to make severalmeasurements and to all...
Figure 2. Biparietal diameter measurement. Note the cavum septipellucidi (arrowheads), falx cerebri (arrow) and thalami (*...
cavum septi pellucidi in the frontal portion of the brain.The calipers are placed around the outer edge of thebony calvari...
and that the following landmarks can be identified:transverse spine, the right and left portal veins, and thestomach. The c...
measurement occurs when the fetal femur isperpendicular to the plane of the ultrasound beam. Thisavoids artificial foreshor...
Figure 5. Femur length measurementOnce all measurements have been made, and the Savebutton pressed after each frozen image...
PlacentaThe growing placenta is often seen on ultrasound byabout 10-12 weeks gestational age. It appears as amoderately hy...
Figure 6. In placenta previa, the placental edge (arrow) crosses overthe internal os of the cervix (*)Calcifications appear...
CervixIt is important to measure the length of the cervix in thepregnant 2nd and 3rd trimester patient. By identifying apa...
Figure 7. Shortened cervical length with funneling of membranes. The *indicates the fetal head.To measure the cervix, it i...
bladder, vaginal stripe, and curved part of the lowersegment of the uterus and cervix, as seen in Figure 8.Figure 8. Norma...
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  2. 2. The Partners In HealthManual of Ultrasoundfor Resource Limited SettingsFirst Edition2011Partners In HealthProgram in Infectious Disease and Social ChangeHarvard Medical SchoolDivision of Global Health EquityBrigham and Women s Hospital 2
  3. 3. Co-Editors in ChiefSachita P Shah MDDirector of Ultrasound Education, Partners In HealthRwanda & HaitiDirector, Emergency Ultrasound FellowshipDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Rhode Island HospitalProvidence RI USADaniel D Price MDDirector of International UltrasoundDepartment of Emergency MedicineAlameda County Medical CenterOakland CA USASenior Advisor, Division of Global Health & Human RightsMassachusetts General HospitalSection EditorsGene Bukhman MD PhDDirector, Program in Non-Communicable Disease & Social ChangeHarvard Medical SchoolDirector of Cardiology, Partners In HealthBoston MA USASachin Shah MD MBAHospital Medicine ProgramBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBoston MA USAEmily Wroe MDDepartment of MedicineBrigham & Women s HospitalBoston MA USA 3
  4. 4. Chapter AuthorsGhada Bakhidar MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBoston MA USAJennifer Carnell MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineBen Taub General HospitalHouston TX USAGarry Choy MD MScInternational Radiology Exchange (iRadX.org)Department of RadiologyMassachusetts General HospitalBoston MA USASupriya Gupta MDInternational Radiology Exchange (iRadX.org)Department of RadiologyMassachusetts General HospitalBoston MA USAJames Hwang MD RDMS RDCSDepartment of Emergency MedicineBrigham & Women s HospitalBoston MA USA 4
  5. 5. Sung Han Kim MDInternational Radiology Exchange (iRadX.org)Department of RadiologyMount Auburn HospitalBoston MA USAHeidi Kimberly MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineBrigham & Women s HospitalBoston MA USAAdam C Levine MD MPHDepartment of Emergency MedicineRhode Island HospitalProvidence RI USAOtto Liebmann MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineRhode Island HospitalProvidence RI USAAllison Mulcahy MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineAlameda County Medical CenterOakland CA USAArun Nagdev MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineAlameda County Medical CenterOakland CA USA 5
  6. 6. Vicki Noble MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBoston MA USATeri Reynolds MD PhDDepartments of Emergency Medicine& Global Health SciencesUniversity of California at San FranciscoSan Francisco CA USAJacklin Saint-Fleur MDInshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In HealthRwandaNathan Teismann MDDepartment of Emergency MedicineUniversity of California at San FranciscoSan Francisco CA USABrita Zaia MDDepartment of SurgeryDivision of Emergency MedicineStanford University Medical CenterPalo Alto CA USA 6
  7. 7. Case authorsDepartment of Emergency MedicineRhode Island HospitalMeera Muruganandan MDKigutu HospitalVillage Health Works, BurundiMelino Ndayizigiye MDKirehe HospitalInshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In Health RwandaJean Marie Dushimiyimana MDRaymond Dusabe MDFelix Sayinzoga MDButaro HospitalInshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In Health RwandaProtogene Ngabitsinze MDJuvenal Musavuli MDJean Nepomuscene Kamugisha MDIlluminee Uwicyeza MDJacklin Saint-Fleur MDAgaba Faustin MD 7
  8. 8. Butaro HospitalInshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In Health RwandaEgide Mpanumusingo MDTharcisse KampungaLeonidas BanyuzuwaboPartners In Health RwandaCorrado Cancedda MD MPHHopital Bon Sauveur, CangeZanmi Lasante/Partners In Health HaitiJoanel Joasil MDWalkens Desir MDReginald Fils-Aime MDMackinley Saint Louis MDArnould Val MDRomain Jean Louis MDJean Hamiltong Pierre MD 8
  9. 9. ContributorsDavid Elijah LaTouchePhotographic ultrasound modelChris GralappMedical illustratorThomas Ptak MD Ultrasound imagesEnrico Brunetti MD Ultrasound imagesCarlo Filice MDUltrasound imagesGiovanna Ferraioli MDUltrasound imagesAndrew MarxCover designSonosite Image contributionPhillips Healthcare Image contribution 9
  10. 10. Published in the United States of America by Partners In Health.Subject to the rights of Partners In Health, this publication may befreely reviewed, abstracted, reproduced, or translated provided thatall copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices are includedin each such use. No portion of this publication may be sold orotherwise used or distributed in conjunction with any commercialpurpose.Copyright 2011 Partners In Health. All rights reserved underInternational and Pan-American Copyright Conventions.Cover design by Andrew Marx.Book design by Dan Price MD.ISBN: 978-0-9828968-0-8 10
  11. 11. NoticeThis guide is intended to be a resource for health care providerswho use clinician-performed, point of care ultrasound whileworking in resource poor settings. The use of bedside ultrasound byhealth care providers has revolutionized care of patients worldwide,providing clinicians with immediate answers to clinical questions,and guiding procedures for improved safety. This book is a concisereview of bedside, clinician-performed ultrasound, with focus onspecific diagnostic questions and disease processes common in thedeveloping world. The book should be used in conjunction with anultrasound training course, and is not a substitution for practicaltraining in ultrasound.Every possible effort has been made to ensure that the materialpresented herein is accurate, reliable, and in accord with currentstandards. However, as new research and experience expand ourknowledge, some recommendations for care and diagnosis maychange. It is therefore the responsibility of the individual healthcare provider to use his/her best medical judgement in determiningappropriate patient care.To the maximum extent permitted under applicable laws, noresponsibility is assumed and is hereby disclaimed by all partiesinvolved in the production of this manual, including, withoutlimitation, each of the contributors and authors, Partners In Health,Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change, Harvard MedicalSchool; the Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women sHospital; and each of their affiliates, divisions, directors, officers,trustees, agents and employees, for errors, omissions, or any injury 11
  12. 12. and/or damage (actual or perceived) to persons or property as aresult of any actual or alleged libelous statement, infringement ofintellectual property or privacy rights, or product liability, whetherresulting from negligence or otherwise, including, withoutlimitation, from any reliance upon, use or operation of any ideas,instructions, procedures, products, or methods contained in thematerial included in this guide.Mention of specific products, technologies or medications withinthis guide does not constitute endorsement by any of the above-named individuals or entities. With regard to specific medications,technology or products, health care providers are advised to consulttheir normal resources before prescribing to their patients.Your use of this guide is provided on an as is basis withoutwarranty of any kind, and none of the individuals or entities listedabove represent or warrant that the information contained herein iscomplete or accurate or free from error.By choosing to use this guide, you acknowledge and agree to theterms of this disclaimer. 12
  13. 13. Table of ContentsForeword 14Acknowledgements 17Abbreviations 20ChaptersFundamentals 21Trauma 37Echocardiography 69Obstetrics: 1st Trimester 103Obstetrics: 2nd & 3rd Trimesters 116Liver 139Gallbladder 181Spleen 204Kidney 222Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm 243Deep Venous Thrombosis 257Volume Status 272Bladder 284Skin 292Procedures 307Vascular Access 332Cases 353 13
  14. 14. ForewordModern day public health began in the 1854 when John Snowfirst identified the source of the London Cholera Epidemic as theBroad Street pump. Snow s intervention was to take the handleoff the pump, cutting off the flow of contaminated water toresidents of the area. This approach to health ̶ identifying aproblem and preventing its spread ̶ has been the platform ofpublic health research and practice now for more than acentury. It is widely viewed as the most efficient use ofresources. Thus, for countries with constrained resources, the public health approach has been promoted widely in a varietyof ways, from slogans such as prevention is better than cure toanalysis of cost effectiveness, often pitting prevention againsttreatment. Yet while broad-based approaches to prevention havea role to play in improving the health of the poor, it is not thecase that prevention is better than cure, particularly not if youare a person suffering from a disease. To improve the health ofthe world s poorest people, those among whom the burden ofdisease and suffering is greatest, medical care is needed. Yet, thedelivery of health care ̶ from the diagnosis of conditions to thetreatment of a disease and from the enabling of healthpromotion via access to family planning or insecticide-treatednets against malaria or the consistent delivery of preventionsuch as infant vaccination ̶ requires a robust healthsystem. One which has adequate facilities to support the needs 14
  15. 15. of the community, a staff that is well trained, supervised andcompensated, adequate diagnostic capability and sufficientmedicines and supplies to deliver care. Sadly, this list, asinherently logical as it may seem, is a very tall order for most ofthe health systems in the developing world; as they have fordecades been caught in a vicious cycle of under-resourcingleading to lack of staff and supplies leading to poor care and aresultant discounting of the ability to deliver medical diagnosisand treatment in such settings driving a focus on prevention.The movement of antiretroviral access to treat people with AIDShas taught us much about the delivery of diagnosis andtreatment of a complex disease in the setting of extremepoverty. We at Partners In Health have used the energy andfunding around HIV to build and argue for strengthening healthsystems to deliver care and to provide a host of services withinthe public sector under the rubric of delivering health care as aright. Our first grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB andMalaria in 2003 in Haiti marked the beginning of revitalizingpublic facilities to deliver a broad base of services in Haiti and isthe very work that has lead us to be invited by Ministries ofHealth and other partners in Africa. As of 2010, PIH issupporting 60 public facilities in 12 countries around the world.In the movement to establish health care as a right, buildingadequate diagnostic capability is essential. Few tools haveproven more valuable in the hands of well-trained health 15
  16. 16. workers than ultrasound. Use of ultrasound in the hands of localproviders is now part of our diagnosis and follow-up of heartfailure, assessment of gestational age and pregnancy status, andthe management of acute conditions from empyema toperforated viscus. Our field experience has informed many ofthe cases in this manual, and the cases have been used to traindoctors in Haiti, Rwanda and elsewhere. It is our firm belief thatproviding the tool of ultrasound and adequate training andsupport is a critical component in global health delivery andshould be part of the evolving pedagogy of global health.We are privileged to have the leadership of Dr. Sachita Shah andmany of our colleagues in the United States and abroad increating this excellent manual for training and supportingproviders to use ultrasound in resource-poor settings.Joia S Mukherjee MD, MPHChief Medical Officer, Partners In HealthAssociate Professor, Harvard Medical School 16
  17. 17. AcknowledgementsSachita ShahMy life is enriched because of the love and support of myhusband, Andrew, and my family, without whom we couldnot have gotten the book finished. I am so grateful for theguidance of my mentors in ultrasound and internationalhealth, Vicki Noble, Arun Nagdev, Hilarie Cranmer, HenryEpino, and Joia Mukherjee. Special thanks to my Partners InHealth colleagues in Rwanda and Haiti, whose compassionand dedication to improving patient care continually inspiresand rejuvenates me.Dan PriceMy deepest appreciation and love go out to my family: 1) Mydaughters Zoe and Maya, who tolerated a laptop on vacationsand I ll be there in 10 more minutes . Their play with kidsall over the world inspires me. 2) My wife, Linda Christensen-Price MD MS, for her patience and advice as an obstetriciangynecologist, who has worked in under-resourced settings. 3)My friend and brother, David LaTouche, who worked manyphoto shoots into his schedule. 4) My contribution neverwould have been possible without the love and sacrifice ofmy mother, Kathleen Anderson, who I miss greatly. 17
  18. 18. Gene BukhmanThanks to Alice, my wife and colleague, who has workedtogether with me on this from the very beginning. My parentsand grandmother. Our friends and coworkers at PIH and inthe Rwandan Ministry of Health, especially Agnes Binagwaho,Joseph Mucumbitsi, Gene Kwan, Corrado Cancedda, SaraStulac, Peter Drobac, Emilien Nkusi, BonaventureNzeyimana, Gedeon Ngoga, Symaque Dusabeyezu, FrancisMutabazi, Mariam Uwase, Valens Rudakubana, CadetMutumbira, Charlotte Bavuma, Emmanuel Rusingiza, andNathan Ruhamya. To Paul Farmer, of course, who alwayssheds a light on the neglected problems of the poor, as wellas Warren Manning, Elyse Foster, and Nelson Schiller whotaught me what I know about echocardiography, andespecially to our patients in Rwanda and Haiti.Sachin ShahThe support that my family and wife, Allison, provide allowsme to act on any passion I may have. My sister Sachita andGene Bukhman have been great mentors to me. They havegiven me a glimpse into the wonderful world in which theywork and the lovely patients they care for. 18
  19. 19. Emily WroeDeepest gratitude to my parents for their endlessencouragement and support, to my siblings and best friendswho always have a couch for me when I come home. And tomy aunt and uncle whose generosity and support through theyears have helped my path be possible. I am specificallygrateful to my mentors, Peter Drobac and Sachita Shahamong many others, for providing guidance, opportunities,and humor. And most of all, to my colleagues, patients, andteachers in Rwanda who have given me lifelong inspirationand motivation, and a home away from home. 19
  20. 20. AbbreviationsAAA Abdominal Aortic AneurysmAIDS Adult Immunodeficiency SyndromeCT Computed TomographyCFV Common Femoral VeinCFA Common Femoral ArteryCI Caval IndexCVP Central Venous PressureDPA Diagnostic Peritoneal AspirationDPL Diagnostic Peritoneal LavageDVT Deep Venous ThrombosisFAST Focused Assessment with Sonography in TraumaHIV Human Immunodeficiency VirusIVC Inferior Vena CavaLA Left AtriumLV Left VentricleMRI Magnetic Resonance ImagingRV Right VentricleRVOT Right Ventricle Outflow TractRA Right AtriumSFV Superficial Femoral VeinSMA Superior Mesenteric ArteryTB Tuberculosis 20
  21. 21. FundamentalsSACHITA SHAH MDIntroductionThis chapter will familiarize the reader with basicprinciples of ultrasound physics, instruments,understanding the probes and images, and maximizingimage quality. Modes of scanning and artifacts will alsobe discussed.Basic PrinciplesThe ultrasound machine and probes create sound wavesthat cannot be heard by the human ear. These wavesare generated from the probe, and travel through thetissues of the patient, and then return to the probe asthey encounter tissues of different densities. Theintensity of the returning echo determines brightness ofthe image on the screen. Strong signals produce white, 21
  22. 22. or hyperechoic, images. Weak echo signals returning tothe probe translate into dark black, or hypoechoic, imageson the ultrasound screen. Different tissues are be shownmany shades of gray, from white to black, depending ontheir density.Frequency is the number of times per second the soundwave is repeated, and diagnostic ultrasound uses wavesthat are generally between 2 to 15 MHz. Higherfrequency ultrasound waves visualize superficialstructures best, and create high resolution good qualityimages. Lower frequency ultrasound waves are able topenetrate better to visualize deeper structures. Differentultrasound probes are used to see deeper or moresuperficial in the body. In Figure 1, a linear probe canbe used to see a superficial abscess of the skin with goodquality images.Conversely, a curved probe of lower frequency (Figure2) can visualize deep structures, such as the aorta. Thedecision of which probe to use for a particularultrasound exam is based which frequency is mostappropriate. 22
  23. 23. Figure 1. Linear probe 23
  24. 24. Figure 2. Curved transducerAttenuation means that as the ultrasound beam travelsthrough the body, it looses strength and returns lessinformation to the probe as it goes deeper. Certain tissuedensities, such as bone, diaphragm, pericardium, andair, slow the ultrasound beam, reflecting the waves andproducing a bright or hyperechoic image. Other tissues 24
  25. 25. allow ultrasound beams to pass and reflect at moderatespeeds, creating a gray image on the screen, such asmuscle, liver or kidney. Some tissues allow ultrasoundwaves to pass easily and retain their strength, creatingdark black or hypoechoic images on the ultrasoundscreen, such as blood, ascites, and urine.Figure 3. Free fluid in hepato-renal pouch appears black (arrowheads).The hyperechoic diaphragm appears bright white (arrow), and themoderately echogenic liver appears gray. 25
  26. 26. Basic Instrumentation and Transducer UseUltrasound waves are generated by an electric currentthat travels through quartz crystals in the probe surface.Ultrasound waves are emitted from these crystals, andare able to travel through tissues at varying speeds.Because air scatters the sound waves and creates poorquality images, it is necessary to use a liquid gel on theprobe surface to improve the contact between thepatient s skin and the probe surface. Water can also beused for this purpose (Figure 4).Figure 4. Probe with gel (a) and water bath submersion (b)The ultrasound probe should be held lightly in yourhand with the probe marker facing the patient s right ortoward the patient s head. For all ultrasound exams,except echocardiography, the probe marker is kept inthis orientation. In the echocardiography chapter, otherprobe orientations are described. The probe marker is a 26
  27. 27. bump or marking on the side of the ultrasound probethat corresponds to a logo or dot on the top of theultrasound screen (Figure 5).Figure 5. The probe marker (a) corresponds to the screen marker (b).Use plenty of gel to improve your image quality and donot apply too much pressure to the skin with theultrasound probe.Improving Image QualityDepth should be adjusted to improve the quality of theimage by putting the object of interest in the center ofthe screen. On the right side of the ultrasound screen,markings show depth in centimeters (Figure 6). 27
  28. 28. Figure 6. Depth markings on the ultrasound screen correspond toactual tissue depth.Gain is the brightness of an image, and can be adjustedfor each scan to ensure that dark hypoechoic objectssuch as urine or blood are black on the screen, whilebright hyperechoic objects such as bone appear white.Be careful not to use too much or too little gain, asshown in Figure 7. 28
  29. 29. Figure 7. Gain is used to adjust the brightness of the screen. In 7a, thegain is too low or hypoechoic. In 7b, the gain is too high orhyperechoic.Modes of ScanningThere are buttons on the side of the ultrasound machinelabeled B, M mode, Color, and Doppler. These are thevarious scanning modes a sonographer can choose from.For usual diagnostic imaging, use B mode ultrasound.For visualizing motion, choose M-mode. 29
  30. 30. M Mode applies a reference line on the ultrasound screenthat will show motion towards and away from theultrasound probe at any depth along that line. M modecan be used to measure the fluttering of a fetalheartbeat, as shown in Figure 8.Figure 8. M mode allows measurement of fetal heart rate.Color Doppler mode applies a reference box to yourultrasound image, within which you can see colorrepresenting motion toward or away from the probe.This can be helpful to identify motion within a vessel to 30
  31. 31. see if the vessel is patent. The blue or red colorcorresponds to direction of flow, but does not determinewhether the vessel is an artery or vein.Figure 9. Color Doppler of vessels demonstrate active flow.Spectral, or pulse wave Doppler, provides a reference pointwhich is applied over a vessel of interest to hear and seechanges in the flow over time as shown by changes inthe Doppler waveform (Figure 10). This mode is usefulfor determining if a vessel is an artery or vein, or for 31
  32. 32. measuring the velocity of flow across an opening, suchas a cardiac valve, to determine degree of stenosis.Figure 10. Pulse wave Doppler on a vessel shows pulsatile arterialflow. 32
  33. 33. ArtifactsOccasionally the ultrasound image will not truly reflectwhat is going on inside the body. Artifacts seen on theultrasound screen are due to principles of ultrasoundphysics and how the machine processes them. Artifactsshould be understood to avoid misdiagnosis.Shadowing is an artifact that occurs deep to a verydense, hyperechoic structure, such as a gallstone or arib. The dark line of a shadow is seen deep to the brightobject, because the ultrasound waves reflect backtowards the probe when they reach the highly reflectivesurface of a stone or bone (Figure 11).Figure 11. Gallstones (arrows) create shadow artifact (*). 33
  34. 34. Mirror Image Artifact occurs when an ultrasound beam isreflected multiple times. A false representation showingtwo images of a single object is created on theultrasound screen. The mirrored object appears deepercompared to the real image of the object and willdisappear if the probe position is changed.Posterior Acoustic Enhancement occurs when ultrasoundwaves travel quickly through a low density medium,such as urine in the bladder, and then reflect backquickly from the next structure encountered that ishigher in density, such as the posterior bladder wall.This causes structures deep to the hypoechoic object tobecome falsely hyperechoic, and may require you toadjust the gain. 34
  35. 35. Figure 12. Posterior acoustic enhancement causes the area deep to thebladder (arrow) to appear hyperechoic.ConclusionComprehension of ultrasound physics andinstrumentation allows the sonographer to approachspecific ultrasound exams and techniques with greaterconfidence. Try to develop ease with handling theultrasound probe and machine controls. Be aware ofartifacts that may change the interpretation of images.And, attempt to maximize image quality by adjustingdepth and gain as needed. 35
  36. 36. Recommended reading1. Brant WE. Ultrasound: The Core Curriculum. Philadelphia, PA:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.2. Cosby K, Kendall J. Practical Guide to Emergency Ultrasound. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.3. Lutz HT, Gharbi HA. Manual of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Infectious Tropical Diseases. Berlin, Germany: Springer, 2006.4. Ma OJ, Mateer JR, Blaivas M. Emergency Ultrasound. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2007.5. Noble V, Nelson B, Sutingo AN. Fundamentals. Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2007.6. Rumack CM, Wilson SR, Charboneau JW. Diagnostic Ultrasound. 1st ed. St Louis, MO: Mosby, 1991. 36
  37. 37. TraumaALLISON MULCAHY MDIntroductionFocused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST)is a screening tool to identify free intrathoracic fluid,intraperitoneal fluid, pericardial effusion andpneumothorax in trauma patients. Hemorrhage due toblunt and penetrating trauma is a common cause ofmorbidity and mortality among acutely injured patients,and the FAST exam may help identify the area ofhemorrhage. The rapid assessment and diagnosis ofinjuries in trauma patients is often challenging due toaltered mental status and distracting injuries. The FASTexam has become an extension of the physical exam intrauma patients and helps clinicians determine whethera patient has intra-peritoneal bleeding or intra-thoracicbleeding to guide operative management of unstablepatients. 37
  38. 38. Abdominal traumaDiagnostic peritoneal lavage or aspiration (DPL or DPA),CT of the abdomen and ultrasonography are the threediagnostic techniques used in patients with abdominaltrauma. DPL and DPA are sensitive but carry the risk ofclinician-induced injury, are not specific and do notdetect retroperitoneal injuries. CT is sensitive andspecific but has limited availability in many parts of thedeveloping world. CT is more time consuming,expensive and carries the risks of radiation and contrastnephropathy. Ultrasound is rapid, accurate, noninvasive,portable, repeatable and carries no risks. It is mosthelpful when a positive result shows free fluid in thechest or abdomen, and numerous studies have shown itis a readily learned skill. Free peritoneal fluidaccumulates in dependent spaces including Morison spouch, the splenorenal recess, the rectovesical pouch inmales and the pouch of Douglas in females. Theabdominal FAST exam is used to rapidly identify freefluid in these spaces. Approximately 300 mL of free fluidin the abdomen is required for free fluid to be reliablydetected using this ultrasound technique. If the FASTexam is negative, additional measures should be taken 38
  39. 39. to further evaluate the patient, if the mechanism orclinical index of suspicion is high.Clinical application• Detection of free intraperitoneal fluidUltrasound findingsRight upper quadrant viewsUse the intercostal oblique & coronal views to identifyfree fluid in the right chest, Morison s pouch and theparacolic gutter. Free fluid will appear as anechoic blackor hypoechoic dark gray stripes on ultrasound.Morison s pouch is the potential space between the liverand right kidney. It is also the most dependentsupramesocolic area in a supine patient. The rightparacolic gutter connects Morison s pouch with thepelvis and thus will drain free fluid to the pelvis. Theright diaphragm, right lobe of the liver and right kidneyshould also be examined. 39
  40. 40. Left upper quadrant viewsUse the intercostal oblique & coronal views to identifyfree fluid in the left chest, subphrenic space, leftparacolic gutter and splenorenal recess. Free fluid willappear as anechoic black or hypoechoic dark graystripes on ultrasound. The Splenorenal recess and thespace between the diaphragm and spleen are the mostdependent spaces in the left upper quadrant. Thepassage from the splenorenal recess to the pelvis isblocked by the phrenicocolic ligament. Thus, free fluidflows more freely on the right side. The left diaphragm,the spleen and the left kidney should be examinedcarefully.Pelvic viewUse this view to identify fluid in the anterior pelvis orcul-de-sac. Free fluid will appear as anechoic stripes orhypoechoic stripes. The pouch of Douglas is the mostdependent area in the peritoneum of females and therectovesical pouch is the most dependent area in males. 40
  41. 41. TechniqueFor this ultrasound exam, use the curved or phasedarray probe (Figure 1). The ultrasonographer shoulddevelop a standardized order for performing the exam.The author recommends that the ultrasonographerstands on the right side of the patient and scans theright upper quadrant first, left upper quadrant secondand the pelvis third. The patient can be positioned inTrendelenberg, or head-down position, if possible toincrease the fluid flow to the dependent spaces ofMorison s pouch and the splenorenal recess. This is notalways successful as clotted blood does not flow well.The index marker should point toward the patient s rightside in the transverse plane or the patient s head in alongitudinal or sagittal plane. For the views of Morison spouch and the splenorenal recess, the probe may needto be rotated to view in between the ribs. 41
  42. 42. Figure 1. Curved probe used for the FAST examStep by step approach 42
  43. 43. Right upper quadrant view1. Place the transducer in the mid-axillary line between the 8th and 11th ribs and point the index marker toward the patient s head or right posterior axilla, as shown in Figure 2.Figure 2. Probe position for Morison’s pouch view with the indexmarker pointing toward the patient’s head (arrow)2. Adjust the probe position by rotating it and moving it up or down a rib space in order to get the liver, kidney and Morison s pouch into view, as shown in Figure 3. 43
  44. 44. Figure 3. a: Morison’s pouch view including the diaphragm (arrow),liver, and kidney. b: Note blood in Morison’s pouch (arrowheads)3. Adjust the transducer so it points slightly more toward the patient s head and look for free fluid cephalad to the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a hyperechoic structure, and pleural fluid will appear as an anechoic stripe above the diaphragm. An example 44
  45. 45. of fluid superior to the diaphragm is shown in Figure 4. For additional techniques to identify pleural effusions see the next section on Thoracic trauma.Figure 4. Pleural effusion above the diaphragm4. Move the probe down below the 11th rib mid-axillary line and point the index marker to the right axilla. From this view you can identify fluid in the right paracolic gutter and right pararenal retroperitoneum. Retroperitoneal free fluid will appear as a hypoechoic stripe adjacent to the psoas muscle along the inferior pole of the kidney. 45
  46. 46. Left upper quadrant view1. Place the abdominal transducer in the left posterior axillary line between the 8th and 11th ribs. The knuckles of your hand should touch the bed to assure proper positioning. The index marker should be pointing toward the patient s head or left posterior axilla as shown in Figure 5.Figure 5. Probe position for the LUQ view2. Adjust the probe position by rotating it and moving it up or down a rib space in order to get the kidney and spleen into view, as demonstrated in Figure 6. If you 46
  47. 47. see the kidney first, move the probe up a rib space to find the spleen. The left kidney is more difficult to identify because it sits higher in the abdomen, stomach and colon gas often obscure views, and the spleen is a smaller acoustic window. Asking the patient to take a deep breath may improve the view.Figure 6. Normal LUQ view including the diaphragm (arrowheads),spleen and kidney3. Adjust the transducer so it points slightly more toward the patient s head and look for free fluid 47
  48. 48. cephalad to the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a hyperechoic structure, and pleural fluid will appear as an anechoic stripe above the diaphragm as shown in Figure 4. For more techniques to identify pleural effusions see the next section on Thoracic trauma.4. Move the probe down below the 11th rib mid to posterior-axillary line and point the index marker to the left axilla. From this view one can identify fluid inferior to the left kidney.Pelvic views1. These views are best done before a Foley catheter is inserted into the bladder. Place the abdominal probe 2 cm superior to the pubic symphysis in a longitudinal sagital plane with the index marker pointing toward the patients head, as demonstrated in Figure 7. 48
  49. 49. Figure 7. Probe position for longitudinal (a) and transverse (b) views ofthe pelvis2. Scan longitudinally, inspecting the bladder and prostate or uterus. Look for free fluid. See Figure 8.3. Rotate the probe 90 degrees so that the index marker is pointing to the patient s right. 49
  50. 50. Figure 8. a. Normal pelvic view showing the uterus (arrow) andbladder (*). b. Blood in the pelvis of a trauma patient.4. Scan through the bladder vertically inspecting bladder, prostate or uterus. Look for free fluid. 50
  51. 51. 5. Lower the far gain to decrease the brightness of the image deep to the bladder. This will make it easier to see fluid collecting in that space.Thoracic trauma: pleural & pericardial effusionsIn patients who have sustained penetrating trauma tothe torso, the cardiac portion of the FAST exam canrapidly guide the provider to life saving interventions.Physical exam findings of tamponade are present in lessthan 40% of patients with surgically proven cardiactamponade. Ultrasound allows rapid diagnosis of this lifethreatening condition. Pericardial effusions are seen inboth penetrating and blunt trauma in addition tomedical conditions. Ultrasound allows for rapiddiagnosis and intervention. It should be noted that anegative pericardial ultrasound does not rule outpericardial effusion in cases of concurrent lacerations ofthe pericardial sac. The thoracic cavity can be inspectedfor pericardial and pleural effusions during the FASTexam. Pleural effusions can be rapidly identified asnoted in the section on abdominal trauma ultrasound. Ifthe patient has stable vital signs and no evidence ofspinal injury following the initial FAST exam, smaller 51
  52. 52. pleural effusions can be identified by having the patientsit up. Ultrasound can detect pleural effusions as smallas 20 mL, which is much smaller than the 175 mLneeded to be detected on supine chest x-ray.Clinical Applications• Detection of pericardial effusion• Detection of pleural effusionUltrasound findingsThe subxyphoid four-chamber view is used to examinefor pericardial effusion. A pericardial effusion is foundby looking for an anechoic stripe around the heartwithin the parietal and visceral layers of the pericardialsac. Pleural effusions are anechoic stripes foundcephalad to the hyperechoic diaphragm.Step by step approach 52
  53. 53. Pericardial Effusions1. Place the abdominal abdominal probe in the subxyphoid area and angle it toward the patients left shoulder. The index marker will be pointing toward the right shoulder, as shown in Figure 9. From this position, one should be able to get a coronal four chamber view.Figure 9. Probe position for the subxyphoid view 53
  54. 54. 2. Scan the heart to identify an anechoic fluid stripe between the heart muscle, which appears grey on ultrasound, and the hyperechoic pericardium, as demonstrated in Figure 10.Figure 10. Normal subxyphoid view (a) and pericardial effusion (b)3. If you are unable to view the heart with the subxyphoid view, you can use parasternal long, 54
  55. 55. parasternal short or Apical four chamber views to inspect for pericardial effusion, which will appear as an anechoic stripe surrounding the hyperechoic pericardium. See the Echocardiography chapter for more information.Pleural Effusions1. If you are unable to see an effusion with the abdominal FAST exam, and the patient s is stable with an uninjured spine, have the patient sit up in a thoracentesis position. Place the abdominal probe below the 11th rib space in the mid-axillary line between the patients ribs, as shown in Figure 11.Figure 11. Probe position for identifying a pleural effusion with patientsitting upright 55
  56. 56. 2. The probe will need to be rotated to fit in between the rib spaces.3. Look for the hyperechoic diaphragm.4. Look for hypoechoic fluid superior to the diaphragm.Thoracic trauma: pneumothoraxThoracic ultrasound can be used as part of the FASTexam to detect a pneumothorax before a chest x-ray canbe completed and to identify small pneumothoraces noteasily visible on supine chest x-rays. Ultrasound of thelung, when performed by trained individuals, is 92-100%sensitive for detection of all pneumothoraces. Thepneumothorax exam evaluates the interface of theparietal and visceral pleura. These surfaces normallyslide against one another, because there is normally asmall amount of lubricating fluid between these layers.This motion, known as lung sliding, is visible onultrasound. If air separates the layers of pleura, as in apneumothorax, they will not slide, and ultrasound willdemonstrate this absence of this motion. The ultrasoundevaluation for pneumothorax can also be used after 56
  57. 57. thoracentesis or chest tube placement to quicklydetermine if a pneumothorax is present.Clinical application• Detection of pneumothoraxUltrasound findingsAnts marching or lung slidingPleural sliding resembles ants marching along thepleural interface. While best seen in an ultrasoundvideo, a still image of the pleural line is shown in Figure12. In patients with pleural adhesions from previouspathology, such as obstructive lung disease from long-standing tobacco use or history of pleurisy, this findingmay not be detected, even in the absence of apneumothorax. 57
  58. 58. Figure 12. Hyperechoic pleural line (arrowheads) 58
  59. 59. Seashore signIn M mode, the motion of the pleural sliding willproduce a grainy pattern deep to the chest wall-lunginterface. The grainy pattern resembles sand on abeach, and the pattern of the stationary chest wallresembles waves in a body of water, as shown in Figure13.Figure 13. M mode tracing of normal lung 59
  60. 60. Stratosphere SignIn M mode, a pneumothorax will not produce a grainypattern, as with the seashore sign, but a continuedpattern of horizontal lines deep to the chest wall-lunginterface, as shown in Figure 14.Figure 14. M mode tracing of a pneumothoraxComet Tail ArtifactsArtifacts that normally arise from interlobar septaeunder the visceral pleura. Comet tails appear ashyperechoic lines beginning at the pleural line and 60
  61. 61. extending downward, as shown in Figure 15. Theabsence of comet tails may indicate the presence of apneumothorax.Figure 15. A comet tail artifact (arrowheads) seen in normal lung 61
  62. 62. TechniqueUse the linear transducer or curved array probe (Figure16). The linear transducer will provide bettervisualization of the pleural interface and pleural sliding,but the abdominal probe may be more convenient as itis used for the rest of the FAST exam.Figure 16. Linear (a) and curved array (b) transducers used for thepneumothorax examThe probe should be placed longitudinally on the chestwall in the mid-clavicular line. The operator should lookfor pleural sliding and comet tails, as described above. Ifthere is no pleural sliding noted, M mode should be 62
  63. 63. used to confirm diagnosis. The exam should be repeatedin at least 4 intercostal spaces on each side.Step by step approach1. Place the linear transducer over the anterior chest, mid-clavicular in the first intercostal space in which you can identify the pleural line between two ribs, as shown in Figure 17.Figure 17. Probe position for pneumothorax exam 63
  64. 64. 2. The index marker should point toward the patient s head in the sagital plane.3. Look for the pleural interface flanked by rib shadows. Center the image between two rib spaces, as shown in Figure 18.Figure 18. Normal pleural line (arrows) and a rib (R) with shadow 64
  65. 65. 4. Look for pleural sliding with respirations. This will look like ants marching along the pleural interface.5. Look for comet tail artifacts.6. If it looks like there is no pleural sliding, or it is a difficult study, use M mode to look for the seashore or stratosphere sign.7. Repeat steps 3-6 in three additional intercostal spaces on each side.8. If a pneumothorax is present, place the patient on oxygen, consider chest radiography and placement of a chest tube.ConclusionsUltrasound is a useful and important tool for evaluating,diagnosing, and managing traumatic injuries. Ultrasoundcan be considered an extension of the physical examand allows the practitioner to quickly identify free fluidin the abdominal and thoracic cavities, pericardialeffusion and pneumothorax noninvasively and withoutradiation. The FAST exam does not adequately evaluatethe retroperitoneum, cannot differentiate between 65
  66. 66. ascites and hemoperitoneum, and should be used to rulein rather than rule out hemoperitoneum. The FASTtechniques described in this chapter can also be used toevaluate undifferentiated hypotension and other medicaland surgical conditions in which it is important torapidly identify free fluid in the abdominal or thoraciccavities, pneumothoraces or pericardial effusions notrelated to traumatic injuries.Recommended reading1. Mariani P.J, Wittick L. Pneumothorax diagnosis by extended focused assessment with sonography for trauma. J Ultrasound Med 2009;28:1601;author reply 1602.2. Hsu JM, et al. The accuracy of focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST) in blunt trauma patients: experience of an Australian major trauma service. Injury 2007;38:71-5.3. Brooks A, et al. Prospective evaluation of non-radiologist performed emergency abdominal ultrasound for haemoperitoneum. Emerg Med J 2004;21:e5. 66
  67. 67. 4. Gaarder C, et al. Ultrasound performed by radiologists- confirming the truth about FAST in trauma. J Trauma 2009;67:323-7; discussion 328-9.5. Friese RS, et al. Abdominal ultrasound is an unreliable modality for the detection of hemoperitoneum in patients with pelvic fracture. J Trauma 2007;63:97-102.6. Kendall JL, et al. Emergency Department Ultrasound Is not a Sensitive Detector of Solid Organ Injury. West J Emerg Med 2009; 10:1-5.7. Karrel R, Shaffer MA, Franaszek JB. Emergency diagnosis, resuscitation, and treatment of acute penetrating cardiac trauma. Ann Emerg Med 1982;11:504-17.8. Ball CG, et al. A caveat to the performance of pericardial ultrasound in patients with penetrating cardiac wounds. J Trauma 2009;67:1123-4.9. Rothlin MA, et al. Ultrasound in blunt abdominal and thoracic trauma. J Trauma 1993;34:488-95.10. Ball CG, Kirkpatrick AW, Feliciano DV. The occult pneumothorax: what have we learned? Can J Surg 2009; 52:E173-9.11. Lichtenstein DA, et al. Ultrasound diagnosis of occult pneumothorax. Crit Care Med 2005;33:1231-8. 67
  68. 68. 12. Cunningham J, et al. Enhanced recognition of "lung sliding" with power color Doppler imaging in the diagnosis of pneumothorax. J Trauma 2002;52:769-71. 68
  69. 69. EchocardiographySACHIN SHAH MDGENE BUKHMAN MD, PHDIntroductionEchocardiography or cardiac ultrasound has been usedextensively in cardiology for the past 30 years. Thisimaging technique has revolutionized cardiology as aspecialty and has aided in diagnosis and diseasemanagement. This chapter focuses on the indications forperforming an echocardiogram as well as basicinterpretation skills. This is meant to help generalisthealth care practitioners use echocardiography todiagnose the most commonly encountered abnormalitiesand to gauge severity. Treatment and triage decisions,such as referral to a cardiologist or initiation ofmedications, can be based on the findings of the basicechocardiogram. 69
  70. 70. IndicationsThis tool is helpful as an adjunct to basic history andphysical exam. Oftentimes a disease process can besuspected based on history or physical exam andechocardiography is used for confirmation. For example,a patient may present with clinical symptoms of heartfailure, such as dyspnea on exertion, lower extremityswelling and orthopnea (difficulty breathing while lyingflat). Clinically, the health care provider may suspect adiagnosis of heart failure. An echocardiogram will helpto distinguish between the multiple possibilitiesincluding idiopathic cardiomyopathy with reducedsystolic function, severe valvular disease related torheumatic fever, or a ventricular septal defect that hasbeen present since childbirth and never closed. Thetreatment for these possibilities would be very differentfor each of these diagnoses. The following is a list ofindications for basic echocardiography. The listencompasses the most common indications but is notmeant to be exhaustive.• Shortness of breath and pulmonary edema• Dyspnea on exertion 70
  71. 71. • Orthopnea• Lower extremity edema• Atrial fibrillation or palpitations• Chest pain• Stroke or other embolic phenomenon• Sepsis or fever without a clear cause• Murmurs• Hypotension• Quiet heart soundsThis chapter focuses on the needs of generalistphysicians, clinical officers, and specialized nursepractitioners working in settings such as rural Haiti orSub-Saharan Africa. Barriers to access to completeechocardiography by a cardiologist are an importantfeature of these settings.Fortunately, basic echocardiography can help define thenature of a patients problem sufficiently to guide theirmedical management, and identify patients that areunlikely to be good candidates for cardiac surgery. Allpatients with a possibility of surgically treatable valvular, 71
  72. 72. congenital, or pericardial disease should ultimately havea complete echocardiogram performed at a referralcenter.The principle goal of basic echocardiography is to betterplace patients in one of 7 diagnostic categories withassociated clinical pathways. Discussion of themanagement of these conditions is discussed further inthe forthcoming PIH Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment ofCardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Chronic RespiratoryDisease in Resource-poor Settings. 72
  73. 73. Diagnosis Findings Exam Management Cardiomyopathy Severely depressed Non-specific Medical LV function Mitral stensosis Elbow deformity of Subtle Medical & anterior mital valve, possibly surgical limited movement Hypertension Subtle BP>180/110 Medical Endocarditis Dramatic mobile Loud Medical & structures adherent to murmur, possibly surgical one or more valves fever Pericardial Subtle in constrictive Ascites, Medical & disease pericarditi, unlikely if dilated neck possibly surgical IVC normal size veins Congenital or Can be subtle Cyanosis, or Medical & other valvular loud possibly surgical murmur Non-cardiac No findings No cardiac Medical & findings possibly surgicalThe goals of this chapter are to familiarize you withcommon and important abnormalities that can bedetected on echocardiography. 73
  74. 74. • Cardiomyopathy (reduced systolic function)• Severe right ventricular dilatation• Pericardial effusion• Mitral stenosis• Dramatic endocarditis• Dilatation of the inferior vena cavaBasic echocardiographers should systematically assessfor the presence or absence of each of theseabnormalities, and place patients in a diagnosticcategory based on their imaging findings in combinationwith physical examination and history.TechniqueNotice that the indicator marker is on the right side ofthe screen. During non-cardiac ultrasound the indicatoris on the left side of the screen, but this is reversedduring cardiac ultrasound.The ultrasound probe can be held in either hand whilethe other hand is operating the ultrasound machine. Tryusing each hand and see which feels more comfortable.Sit on the left side of the patient, if you are using your 74
  75. 75. left hand. Sit on the right side of the patient if you areusing your right hand. The ultrasound machine shouldbe on the side of the patient that you are on, so you caneasily operate the controls. The ultrasound machineshould be placed on a stable flat surface. Most peoplefind the most comfortable technique is to hold the probein the underhand fashion with the thumb on one sideand forefinger and middle finger on the other side.While performing an echocardiogram, you may need tomove the probe around on the patient s chest until youfind a good image. The position of each patient s heart isslightly different. If you are having difficulty obtaining animage despite moving the probe to slightly differentlocations on the patient s chest, you may have toposition the patient differently. Each view is discussed inmore detail below.There are certain controls that are helpful in optimizingimage quality, such as depth and gain. For furtherdiscussion of how to improve image quality, please seethe Fundamentals chapter at the beginning of this book.The depth buttons will help make your image thecorrect size for the screen. There are three controls thatwill help adjust the gain. If you notice that your image istoo dark, you may need to increase the overall gain. If 75
  76. 76. the image is too bright, you may need to decrease theoverall gain. If you notice the area close to the top ofthe display screen is too dark, but the lower part of thescreen looks good, you need to adjust the near gain.Near gain adjusts the gain on the part of the imageclosest to the ultrasound probe ̶ the area near the tophalf of the screen. If you need to adjust the gain in thearea of the lower half of the screen (structures farthestfrom the ultrasound probe), use the far gain.It is important to know that when color Doppler is in use(see below), the gain controls change the degree of colorgain. The color gain should be adjusted initially bylooking at the part of the color sector closest to thetransducer. The gain should first be increased, thendecreased until random color pixels are no longervisible. After this, the color gain should not be adjusted.The color Doppler pattern is better visualized when the2-dimensional image gain is minimized beforehand.Cardiac views & Common PathologyThis chapter will focus on four main views. The first twoviews are performed from the same location ̶ theparasternal long axis and parasternal short axis views. 76
  77. 77. Next is the apical four chamber view, and finally, thesubxyphoid or subcostal view.Parasternal long axisConventionally, for adult patients, the parasternal longaxis view is performed first in the exam. This view isextremely useful. The patient should be placed on theirleft side. The probe is placed to the left of the patient ssternum, in the area of the 3rd to 5th rib space, asshown in Figure 1.Figure 1. Probe position for parasternal long axis view. The arrowpoints to the right shoulder 77
  78. 78. The probe marker should be pointed toward thepatient s right shoulder. The exact location of the probeis not as important as finding an image that has a similarorientation to Figure 2. In this view, the operator is ableto image the left atrium, left ventricle, aorta and rightventricular outflow tract (RVOT), a portion of the rightventricle. 78
  79. 79. Figure 2. An illustration (a) and an ultrasound image (b) of theparasternal long axis view showing the left atrium (LA), left ventricle(LV), aorta (Ao), and pericardium (arrowheads)The structure closest to the probe, and therefore closestto the top of the screen, is the right ventricle. Thismakes sense, as the closest cardiac structure to thepatient s sternum is the right ventricle. The furtheststructure (seen at the bottom of the display screen) isthe left atrium.Make sure that the walls of the left ventricle are close toparallel. The apex of the left ventricle usually is notincluded in the image. This allows more attention and 79
  80. 80. focus to be paid to the mitral and aortic valves. Oneshould be able to see the aortic and mitral valves well,but the tricuspid valve should not be visualized.In a normal heart, the right ventricle, aortic root, andleft atrium appear to be roughly the same size in thisview. If one of these structures, such as the rightventricle, appears much larger than the others, itsuggests significant dilatation.Turning the probe clockwise and counter-clockwise willcause the ventricle to become more round(foreshortened). If you notice that the left ventricularwalls are not parallel, you may have turned the probetoo much in the clockwise or counter clockwisedirection.If you notice that the apex is included in the image, asin Figure 3, then you must move the probe away fromthe apex of the heart. 80
  81. 81. Figure 3. Parasternal long axis view showing the apex (arrow)There are a few ways to do this. First, the probe can bemoved closer to the patient s sternum. If the probe isalready close to the patient s sternum and the apex isstill visible, then try moving the probe one rib spacetoward the patient s head. If this is ineffective, tryplacing the patient further onto their left side. This willhelp move the heart away from the patient s sternum.If the tricuspid valve is seen in the image, as shown inFigure 4, a valve will become visible in the rightventricle and will be seen superior to the aortic valve on 81
  82. 82. the screen. The probe should be tilted up towards thepatient s head slightly.Figure 4. Modified parasternal long axis view showing the tricuspidvalve (arrow)Try to not move the probe around on the patient s skinand just tilt the probe slightly upwards, and this shouldremove the tricuspid valve from the image.The parasternal long axis view is very useful forevaluating for pericardial effusion. A pericardial effusionwill appear as an echo-lucent (black) area surroundingthe heart, as demonstrated in Figure 5. 82
  83. 83. Figure 5. Parasternal long axis view showing a pericardial effusion (*)The effusion will be seen between the heart and thepericardium ̶ a thin bright white line onechocardiography. Please see the correspondingnarrated lecture for video of pericardial effusion.Pericardial effusions can be of different sizes. They canbe loculated (around a portion of the heart) orcircumferential (around the entire heart). Sometimesthey are completely echo-lucent (black), and sometimesgray-colored stranding may be visualized, as seen in thepericardial effusion from tuberculosis in Figure 6. 83
  84. 84. Small pericardial effusions (less than one centimeter atthe smallest during the cardiac cycle) are commonlyseen incidentally in the setting of heart failure due toother causes, such as valvular heart disease orcardiomyopathies. Large pericardial effusions in theabsence of other obvious cardiac abnormalities onechocardiography or auscultation should raise concernfor possible tuberculosis (see forthcoming PIH Guide toDiagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes,and Chronic Respiratory Disease in Resource-poor Settings).Figure 6. Pericardial effusion from TB appears more hyperechoic andsometimes heterogeneous because of proteins in the fluid 84
  85. 85. General systolic function can be assessed from this view.However, this is better assessed from the parasternalshort axis view. Normal ejection fraction is greater than55%. This means that greater than 55% of the blood isejected from the heart during each beat. Because mostof the blood is ejected from the heart at the beginning ofcontraction, the walls of the left ventricle only need tomove in and out by about 30% with each heartbeat. Thisis most often estimated by the operator. It is mostimportant for the generalist practitioner to distinguishbetween normal and abnormal function.From the parasternal long axis view, the mitral valve iseasily visualized. The mitral valve is made of twoleaflets, and both leaflets can be visualized from thisview. The leaflet closer to the probe (and thereforecloser to the top of the screen and closer to the aorticvalve) is the anterior leaflet. The leaflet farther from theprobe (at the bottom of the display screen) is theposterior leaflet. Normally, these leaflets are thin andopen and close well. If there is mitral stenosis, a fewfeatures may be visualized. The valve may be thickenedand calcified (which appears bright white, as shown inFigure 7), and the valve does not open well. Typically,the tips of the leaflets move much less than the base of 85
  86. 86. the leaflet, resulting in a so-called elbow deformity ofthe anterior leaflet.Figure 7. The mitral valve becomes thickened and hyperechoic inrheumatic heart disease (arrow)The valve may even be fixed , meaning completelyimmobile on echocardiography. It is important to have avery sharp parasternal long axis image when assessingthe mitral valve. A poorly visualized valve maymistakenly appear stenotic. Mitral stenosis is almostalways a result of rheumatic heart disease. 86
  87. 87. Rheumatic heart disease can also cause mitralregurgitation, and patients with mitral stenosis may havemitral regurgitation as well. Normally, the mitral valveallows blood to flow from the left atrium into the leftventricle, but it prevents blood from flowing backwardsfrom the left ventricle to the left atrium. Mitralregurgitation can be visualized on echo by using colorDoppler. Press the Color button and place the colorbox over the mitral valve and the entire left atrium.Remember the issues with color gain mentioned above.Resize the color box by hitting the Select button andusing the touch pad to resize the box. Hit the Selectbutton again to allow movement of the box around thescreen. The color on echo will either be red or blue. Thered color means blood is flowing towards the ultrasoundprobe. The blue color means blood is flowing away fromthe ultrasound probe. In the parasternal long axis viewmitral regurgitation will most often appear as bloodflowing away from the probe (blue) during systole, whenno blood should normally be flowing across the mitralvalve. See Figure 8 for an example of mitralregurgitation.The degree of mitral regurgitation can be difficult forrelatively inexperienced practitioners to assess 87
  88. 88. accurately. Fortunately, patients with moderate-to-severemitral regurgitation generally have dramatic murmurs onphysical examination.We recommend that basic echocardiographers focus onthe presence or absence of severe mitral stenosis, whichrequires a specific management strategy. Physicalexamination is the best guide the presence or absence ofother valvular or congenital heart disease.Figure 8. Mitral regurgitation show by blue color flow back into the leftatrium during systole 88
  89. 89. Mitral regurgitation can be due to a number of causes,including rheumatic heart disease, endocarditis, andcardiomyopathies (due to stretching of the mitral valveannulus).Basic echocardiography is useful for excludingcardiomyopathy in the case of a patient with loudcardiac murmurs.Mitral regurgitation due to rheumatic heart disease isoften due to scarring and tethering of the posteriorleaflet and, as a result, prolapse of the anterior leaflet. Inthis case, the jet of mitral regurgitation is directedtoward to posterior wall of the left atrium (an eccentricjet), and can be difficult to assess severity.Parasternal short axis viewThe parasternal short axis view uses the same area onthe patient s chest as the parasternal long axis view. Theprobe is turned clockwise 90 degrees so the probemarker is pointing near the patient s left shoulder, asshown in Figure 9. 89
  90. 90. Figure 9. Probe position for parasternal short axis view. The probemarker (arrow) points toward the left shoulderThe left ventricle should look round like a circle, andthe right ventricle usually looks like a C attached tothe side of the left ventricle. See Figure 10 for anexample of the ultrasound image from parasternal shortaxis position. 90
  91. 91. Figure 10. Parasternal short axis view showing the right ventricle (RV),left ventricle (LV) and papillary muscles (arrowheads)If the ventricle is not round, try turning clockwise andcounter-clockwise until the most round image can beobtained. The left ventricle is being evaluated in cross-section. Like cutting a loaf of bread, you can image fromthe base of the heart at the level of the mitral valvedown to the apex of the heart. You can move the probetowards the apex of the heart or tilt the probe towardsthe apex of the heart to get images of the apex. Moveaway from the apex of the heart or tilt the probe away 91
  92. 92. from the apex of the heart, if you want to image theheart closer to the level of the mitral valve.The parasternal short axis view is most useful forevaluating the systolic function of the heart measured asejection fraction (EF).Again, the ejection fraction is evaluated by the operatorand is usually just estimated. Estimating the ejectionfraction comes with practice, but after reviewing a fewechocardiograms and performing a few echocardio-grams, the operator should be able to identify patientswith a normal EF and patients with a low EF.Apical four chamber viewThe apical four chamber view is the easiest tounderstand, as all four chambers of the heart are easilyvisualized. This view is also obtained while the patient ison his or her left side. The probe is placed at the apexof the heart as shown in Figure 11. The probe should beplaced in the area of the anterior axillary line at aboutthe 5th rib space. The probe marker should pointtoward the ground (3 o clock in reference to thepatient s side). 92
  93. 93. Figure 11. Probe position for apical four chamber view. The probemarker points toward the patient’s leftSince patient s hearts are all slightly different, a betterway to locate the spot for the probe is to find thepatient s point of maximal impulse (PMI). The PMI is thepoint on the patient s chest where the heart beat can befelt the strongest. Use your hand to identify this spot,then place the probe over this area. 93
  94. 94. In this view, the left ventricle is located on the right sideof the screen, and the right ventricle is on the left sideof the screen, as seen in Figure 12.Often, moving the probe more laterally and downwardresults in a more complete view of the heart. Rememberto adjust the depth settings. Slightly rotating thetransducer clockwise or counterclockwise can helpclarify the opening of the mitral and tricuspid valves.Tilting the transducer either medially or laterally canhelp center the image on the screen.Figure 12. Apical four view showing the right (RV) and left (LV)ventricles, and the right (RA) and left (LA) atria 94
  95. 95. In a normal heart the left ventricle is at least twice thesize of the right ventricle. In the case of severe rightventricular dilatation, the left ventricle will often appearsmall and compressed. Milder forms of right ventriculardilatation can be difficult to assess accurately in thisview.This view is not very useful for identifying pericardialeffusion, although a pericardial effusion can be seen inthis view. This view is not often used to estimateejection fraction, because the walls of the left ventricleare parallel to the ultrasound beams making the wallsmore difficult to see.The mitral valve is easily seen in this view. First, findthe left ventricle, which is the chamber on the right sideof the screen and closest to the probe. The left atrium isfarther from the probe and appears closer to the bottomof the screen. The mitral valve is located between theleft atrium and left ventricle. The valve can be assessedfor thickness, calcification, and the ease with which itopens and closes. If the valve is very thick, calcified ordoes not open well, the patient might have mitralstenosis. 95
  96. 96. Color Doppler can also be used to evaluate the mitralvalve. Press the Color button and place the box over themitral valve and the entire left atrium. Blood goingtoward the probe (towards the top of the screen) willappear red, and blood going away from the probe willappear blue. In Figure 13, mitral regurgitation appearsas a blue area starting at the mitral valve and going intothe left atrium during ventricular systole.Figure 13. Apical four chamber view of a rheumatic mitral valveshowing regurgitation by color flow Doppler 96
  97. 97. This means that during systole, when the left ventricle iscontracting, there is blood leaking from the left ventriclethrough the mitral valve into the left atrium. This mitralregurgitation is abnormal.Subxyphoid viewTo obtain a subxyphoid (or subtotal) view, place thepatient on their back and have them bend their knees torelax their abdominal muscles. Place the probe in thesubxyhpoid region with the probe marker facing thepatient s left side, as shown in Figure 14.Figure 14. Probe position for subxyphoid view. The probe markertoward the patients left (arrow) 97
  98. 98. In this view, the ventricles are noted on the right of thescreen and the atria on the left. Figure 15 shows anultrasound image of the heart from a subxyphoid view.Figure 15. Subxyphoid view showing the liver as an acoustic window,the right ventricle (RV), left ventricle (LV) and atria (RA and LA)This view is most useful for evaluating for pericardialeffusion. If you have difficulty obtaining a good image,try having the patient take a breath and hold it for a fewseconds. This will move the heart down towards theabdomen and closer to the ultrasound probe. 98
  99. 99. A pericardial effusion will appear as an echo-lucent(black) area between the heart and the thin white stripeof the pericardium, as shown in Figure 16.Figure 16. Subxyphoid view showing a pericardial effusionAs mentioned, if the pericardial effusion has moreinflammatory debris, as in a pericardial effusion relatedto tuberculosis, the pericardial effusion may appearmore gray or echo-dense.The subxyphoid view is also useful to visualize theinferior vena cava (IVC). This is done by focusing on the 99
  100. 100. right atrium. The transducer is then turned slowlycounterclockwise until a linear, vascular structure isseen emptying into the right atrium. This structure is theIVC. In an individual with normal right atrial pressures,the IVC should appear small (less than 1.8 cm indiameter in an adult). If the patient is asked to sniff, theIVC should collapse.In patients with heart failure and elevated right atrialpressures, the IVC is dilated and fails to collapse withinspiration.This finding is particularly helpful in patients withascites, in whom constrictive pericarditis is suspected.Constrictive pericarditis can be difficult to diagnose byechocardiography or physical examination. Patients withtuberculosis can have both constrictive pericarditis andexudative ascites complicating the picture.A normal appearing IVC, in the absence of acardiomyopathy, mitral stenosis, a dilated rightventricle, or loud murmurs, makes a cardiac cause ofascites extremely unlikely. 100
  101. 101. ConclusionWith training, general health care providers can becomeproficient in echocardiography. The main indications forcardiac echocardiography in resource poor settingsinclude evaluation for pericardial effusion and heartfailure.Basic echocardiography should focus on systemicevaluation for a limited set of easily recognizablefindings.These findings help place patients along appropriateclinical pathyways and help prioritize potential surgicalcandidates for complete echocardiography.Recommended reading1. Cosby K, Kendall J. Practical Guide to Emergency Ultrasound. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.2. Feigenbaum H, Armstrong W, Ryan T. Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography, 6th Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005.3. Oh J, Seward J, Tajik J. The Echo Manual. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006. 101
  102. 102. 4. Otto C. The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders, 2002.5. Solomon S. Essential Echocardiography. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2007. 102
  103. 103. Obstetrics:1st trimesterDAN PRICE MDIntroductionUltrasound is an important tool to evaluate pregnantwomen. This chapter will discuss the use of ultrasoundin evaluating women for ectopic pregnancy, how toidentify a normal uterus, and how to estimate the age ofthe baby.Ectopic pregnancyAn ectopic pregnancy occurs when baby is outside theuterus (womb). When a pregnancy is ectopic, it isusually located in one of the fallopian tubes. Ectopicpregnancies are a problem early in the pregnancy ̶ in 103
  104. 104. the 1st trimester. When an ectopic pregnancy ruptures,the mother can die from internal bleeding, because thefetus cannot continue to grow inside the fallopian tube.A pregnant mother is at risk for an ectopic pregnancywhen she has lower abdominal pain and possibly asmall amount of bleeding from her vagina. Her abdomenwill usually be tender.Ultrasound is the most helpful way to diagnose anectopic pregnancy. It is rare to see the baby, or fetus,outside the uterus. So a possible ectopic pregnancy isdiagnosed when:1. No baby is seen in the uterus.2. Blood is seen in the pelvis and possibly between the liver and kidney.If a baby is seen in the uterus, there is probably not anectopic pregnancy. Blood in the pelvis or abdomenmeans that the ectopic pregnancy has ruptured, and themother will need immediate surgery to avoidcomplications. Bleeding from ectopic pregnancy can belife threatening. 104
  105. 105. TechniqueUse an curved transducer (Figure 1).Figure 1. The curved transducer 105
  106. 106. The index marker (bump or line) should point to themother s head for the long axis view of the uterus. Theother end of the transducer without the marker shouldrest against the pubic bone (Figure 2).Figure 2. Probe position for first trimester scanFindings: empty uterusFluid, such as blood or urine, looks black, orhypoechoic, on ultrasound. In a longitudinal view, urinein the bladder looks like a black, or hypoechoic, triangleon the right side of the screen next to the uterus (Figure 106
  107. 107. 3). The uterus is shaped like a bean. On the screen, itappears gray, or moderately echogenic. Thesonographer should fan or rotate the ultrasoundtransducer to view the entire uterus. The normal, non-pregnant uterus has a thin hyperechoic white line in thecenter that is the endometrium.Figure 3. The bladder (*) and empty uterus (arrow)An empty uterus may cause the clinician to worry aboutan ectopic pregnancy. A ruptured ectopic pregnancyblood may extend into the abdomen, so it is important 107
  108. 108. to look for blood within the abdomen as well as thepelvis. The sonographer can begin imaging the areabetween the liver and the kidney on the mother s rightside. This is the same window that is used to look forblood in the trauma exam (Figure 4).Figure 4. Blood (arrowheads) between the liver (*) and kidney. Thediaphragm is marked with an arrow.It is important to also look for blood in the pelvis, andleft upper quadrant as is performed in the trauma examdescribed in the Trauma chapter. If ruptured ectopicpregnancy is suspected, and bleeding is found within the 108
  109. 109. abdomen, this finding is an indication for immediatesurgery to control the bleeding.Findings: Contents within uterusEarly in the pregnancy, a normal baby lives in a sack offluid, the gestational sac, inside the uterus. The first signthat the sack contains a baby is a perfect circle thatlooks like a bright ring, called the yolk sac (Figures 5and 6).Figure 5. Uterus with a yolk sac (arrow) 109
  110. 110. The clinician must see the yolk sac to say that thepregnancy is inside the uterus, and that the motherprobably does not have an ectopic pregnancy. The yolksac becomes visible as early as the first week after amissed menstrual period. As the baby gets older, moregray tissue can be seen and is called a fetal pole (Figure6).Figure 6. Uterus with a yolk sac (arrowhead) fetal pole (arrow)It is possible to see a heart beat at about 7 weeks fromthe mother s last period.If there is a fetus in the uterus, but the mothercomplained of bleeding or pain, there is a risk of 110
  111. 111. miscarriage. She must be examined to make sure thereis no infection, and that she has not sustained trauma. Ifthe mother has already miscarried and tissue has beenpassed from the vagina, she may have some retainedproducts of conception or tissue inside the uterus thatcan be seen on ultrasound and can cause infection. Anexample of retained products of conception is seen inFigure 7.Figure 7. Retained products of conception within the uterusIf there is retained tissue after a miscarriage and anysigns of infection, or very heavy bleeding, a dilation andcurettage procedure should be performed. 111
  112. 112. Measuring gestational ageWhen viewing a baby ultrasound, the sonographer canmeasure how old it is using ultrasound. This is muchmore accurate than waiting to feel the uterus with yourhand to estimate the baby s age. Knowing the baby s agehelps a mother and her family plan for the baby s birth.An accurate age may be very important if the pregnancyis considered high risk and the mother needs to be neara hospital.As soon as the fetal pole can be seen on ultrasound, theage can be measured. The Crown Rump Length (CRL) isvery accurate, and should be used to measure the agewhen the baby is young (< 14 weeks from the lastmenstrual period; 1st trimester).TechniqueFor the ultrasound exam, use an curved transducer(Figure 1). The index marker (bump or line) should pointto the mother s head. The other end of the transducerwithout the marker should rest against the pubic bone. 112
  113. 113. While all machines are different, here is an example ofstep-by-step measurement technique using a Sonositeultrasound machine. When you see the best images ofthe baby on ultrasound:1. Push the Freeze button to stop the picture. The baby should be measured when it looks the longest and both the head and the baby s bottom can be seen in the same picture. (Figure 8)2. Push the arrow buttons (← or →) to move through the pictures to find the best one.3. Push the Calcs button.4. Move the arrow on the screen until it is over CRL, then push the Select button.5. Two + signs with a line between them will appear.6. Move one + to the top of the head (crown).7. Push Select.8. Move the second + to the other end (rump).9. The age of the baby appears at the bottom of the ultrasound screen (Figure 8). 113
  114. 114. Figure 8. CRL measured with calipers. Gestational age calculationappears at the bottom of the screen (arrow).Pushing Freeze again will return to active scanning.ConclusionsUltrasound is an important tool for the evaluation ofpregnancy, to check the baby s gestational age, and tomake sure the baby is inside the uterus and not ectopic.Any pregnant patient presenting with pain, bleeding, orin labor with uncertain pregnancy age should have an 114
  115. 115. ultrasound exam. The information from the firsttrimester ultrasound can help predict a likely due date,which mothers may need an operation and whichmothers can be followed closely for ectopic pregnancyor miscarriage.Recommended reading1. First trimester ultrasound. In: Noble VE, Nelson B, Sutingco AN, eds. Manual of emergency and critical care ultrasound. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2007:85-104.2. Nordenholz K, Abbott J, Bailitz J. First trimester pregnancy. In: Cosby KS, Kendall JL. Practical guide to emergency ultrasound. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006:123-160.3. Reardon RF, Martel ML. First trimester pregnancy. In: Ma OJ, Mateer JR, Blaivas M. Emergency ultrasound. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2007:279-318. 115
  116. 116. Obstetrics:2nd & 3rd trimestersSACHITA SHAH MDJACKLIN SAINT-FLEUR MDIntroductionUltrasound is the best imaging modality to evaluate agrowing fetus in the 2nd and 3rd trimester, and should beused if any abnormalities are suspected based on historyand physical exam of the mother. Ultrasound isgenerally considered safe in pregnancy. Most patientswill tolerate the ultrasound exam well, especially if careis taken to allow the patient to lie on their left sideduring the ultrasound exam as needed to preventcompression of the vena cava in the supine pregnantpatient. Ultrasound in the 2nd and 3rd trimester can beused to determine the age of the pregnancy if last 116
  117. 117. menstrual period information is not known, evaluate theplacenta for previa, evaluate the cervix for prematureshortening or opening, assess causes for enlarged fundalsize, such as multiple gestation or excess amniotic fluid,and finally to evaluate fetal heart rate. Furtherultrasound exams can be done to evaluate for fetalanomalies and birth defects, but will not be discussed inthis chapter.Estimated gestational ageAn accurate estimation of the gestational age of thepregnancy is a very important piece of information andcan help guide treatment and plans for the pregnantpatient. Classically, a pregnancy is dated beginning atthe first day of the patient s last menstrual period, todetermine the menstrual age or gestational age of thepregnancy. The most accurate time to determine thegestational age of the pregnancy using ultrasound is inthe first trimester (before 13 weeks gestational age) usingthe Crown-Rump Length measurement discussed in theFirst Trimester Obstetrics chapter. Ultrasoundmeasurements of gestational age in the second or thirdtrimester (weeks 14-42) are thought to be accurate to 117
  118. 118. within 2 weeks in the second trimester) and to within 3weeks in the third trimester due to variability innormally growing fetuses.By week 14 of gestation, development of the fetus hasprogressed such that it is possible to measure fetal partsto determine the age of the pregnancy. With trainingand practice, these measurements can be madeaccurately and easily using ultrasound. In general, usethe OB mode on the ultrasound machine, and the curved probe (Figure 1) for this exam. The patient should be on her back or her left side for comfort, and the sonographer should apply very gentle pressure while scanning. Begin by identifying the orientation of the fetus within theFigure 1. Curved transducer uterus, to get an idea of where the 118
  119. 119. fetal head, heart, abdomen and lower extremities arelocated within the uterus. Plan to make severalmeasurements and to allow the machine to average themeasurements for higher accuracy.Biparietal diameterFor biparietal diameter (BPD), scan and freeze the imageof the fetal head in the axial plane (transverse) toidentify these landmarks: the third ventricle, thethalamus, and a smooth, symmetric calvarium (skullbone). Caliper measurements should be madeperpendicular to the falx cerebri, from the outer edge ofone parietal bone to the inner edge of the oppositeparietal bone, as shown in Figure 2. 119
  120. 120. Figure 2. Biparietal diameter measurement. Note the cavum septipellucidi (arrowheads), falx cerebri (arrow) and thalami (*)Remember to press the Save button after eachmeasurement to allow the machine to enter the datainto the grand calculation for gestational age.Head circumferenceFor Head Circumference (HC), the same frozen imagemay be used, showing the fetal head with calvarium,through the thalamus and third ventricle, and ideally the 120
  121. 121. cavum septi pellucidi in the frontal portion of the brain.The calipers are placed around the outer edge of thebony calvarium (not the skin edge) in the best-fitposition, as shown in Figure 3.Figure 3. Head circumference measurement with thalamus (*), thirdventricle (arrowhead), falx cerebri (arrow) and calipers measuringouter edge of the skull boneAbdominal circumferenceFor the Abdominal Circumference (AC), ensure that themeasurement of the fetal abdomen is in an axial plane, 121
  122. 122. and that the following landmarks can be identified:transverse spine, the right and left portal veins, and thestomach. The calipers are placed around the outer skinedge of the abdomen, as demonstrated in Figure 4.Figure 4. Abdominal circumference measurement. Note the landmarksof the stomach (*) and portal veins (arrowhead)Femur lengthFor the Femur length (FL), identify the femur andbeware not to measure another long bone that canappear similar, such as the humerus. The best plane of 122
  123. 123. measurement occurs when the fetal femur isperpendicular to the plane of the ultrasound beam. Thisavoids artificial foreshortening of the limb on the screenwhich can cause inaccurate measurements. The fetalfemur should be measured along the long axis of thefemur, and only the bony portions of the diaphysis andmetaphysis should be included. The cartilaginousfemoral head, greater trochanter, and free-floating distalfemoral epiphyseal ossification center (seen as a floatinground hyperechoic dot at the distal end of the femur)are not included in the measurement. An example ofcorrect measurement is shown in Figure 5. 123
  124. 124. Figure 5. Femur length measurementOnce all measurements have been made, and the Savebutton pressed after each frozen image is measured, thesonographer may press the Report button to obtain anaverage of all measurements taken (BPD, HC, AC, andFL) to give a single estimation of gestational age and asingle estimated due date (EDD). 124
  125. 125. PlacentaThe growing placenta is often seen on ultrasound byabout 10-12 weeks gestational age. It appears as amoderately hyperechoic (gray) structure between theamniotic sac wall and adherent to the uterine wall. Theplacental location is of prime importance. For thegeneral physician, the most important indication forbedside ultrasound exam of the placenta is to evaluatefor placenta previa in patients with unexplained vaginalbleeding. It is important to note the position of theplacenta, and whether the inferior portion approachesor crosses over the internal os of the cervix, as shown inFigure 6. 125
  126. 126. Figure 6. In placenta previa, the placental edge (arrow) crosses overthe internal os of the cervix (*)Calcifications appear as small (1-3 mm) brighthyperechoic spots in the placenta and occur with agingof the pregnancy as well as many other causes such asmaternal hypertension, tobacco use, intrauterine growthrestriction, and preeclampsia. Grading of the placentabased on calcifications is no longer used, is inaccurate,and does not predict fetal lung maturity. 126
  127. 127. CervixIt is important to measure the length of the cervix in thepregnant 2nd and 3rd trimester patient. By identifying apatient with a shortened or prematurely dilating cervixearly, before fetal loss, premature rupture of membranesor premature labor, it is possible to prevent pooroutcome for the mother and fetus. Cervical insufficiency(premature opening of the cervix) often occurs betweenweeks 16 and 28 in single gestation pregnancies.Unfortunately, physical exam of the cervix onlyidentifies patients with cervical change involving theexternal os and distal cervix. Ultrasound can help toidentify early changes involving the internal os whichhappen well before changes that can be found by digitalexam of the cervix. The normal length of the cervixfrom internal os to external os is more than 2.5 cm andis often 3-4 cm. If cervical length (CL) is less than 2.5cm or there is funneling (Figure 7), cervicalinsufficiency can be suspected. Consultation with anobstetrician for potential emergency cervical cerclage(suture), bed rest, and pelvic rest (no internal exams orintercourse) is indicated. 127
  128. 128. Figure 7. Shortened cervical length with funneling of membranes. The *indicates the fetal head.To measure the cervix, it is important to note thattransvaginal (TV) ultrasound is the most accurate andappropriate method of ultrasound to measure cervicallength. If unavailable, transabdominal (TA) scanningmay be used, but is less accurate and requires thepatient to have a full bladder. For TA scanning, placethe ultrasound probe low on the patient s abdomen, justabove the pubic bone, in a sagital position. Identify the 128
  129. 129. bladder, vaginal stripe, and curved part of the lowersegment of the uterus and cervix, as seen in Figure 8.Figure 8. Normal anatomy in sagital view. Note the bladder, uterus(arrow) and cervix (*)Measure from the internal os to external os of the cervixusing the Caliper and Select buttons.For TV scanning, be sure to cover the probe with aclean condom or probe cover. Place ultrasound gel onthe inside of the condom and sterile lubricant on theoutside. The patient s bladder should be emptied for 129

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