Thoracic aorta - normal (transthoracic echocardiography)
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Normal aortic root, mid-arch, and portions of descending aorta as visualized.
Point of care ultrasound has demonstrated reasonable sensitivity for Stanford type A dissections in several 1 studies, but cannot reliably assess the arch/descending aorta. Use of unconventional windows and imaging planes may be necessary, and depth must be optimized for the best possible visualization.
- 1. Nishigami K. Point-of-care echocardiography for aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and acute coronary syndrome in patients with killer chest pain: EASY screening focused on the assessment of effusion, aorta, ventricular size and shape and ventricular asynergy. (2015) Journal of echocardiography. 13 (4): 141-4. doi:10.1007/s12574-015-0265-1 - Pubmed