June 12, 2007

Vascular Technologist

Sometimes the vertebral artery can be difficult to locate, but there is a sure fire way to find it every time (providing it isn't absent altogether!).

First increase the color gain and decrease the PRF threshold, to pick up the lower Vertebral flow. Locate the Common Carotid/Internal Carotid Artery Bifurcation, then slowly point the probe back towards the back of the neck. Look for the humps of the vertebrae, and shoot for the line of color between the two humps ... that's the Vertebral Artery!

-- Britton Sukys, RVT

Posted by Matthew at June 12, 2007 8:10 PM