Evaluating the aorta with the suprasternal view
This week Richie Palma (BS, RDCS) discusses imaging the ascending and descending aorta with the suprasternal view. This is a great imaging plane to evaluate for aneurysm, dissection, or coarctation of the aorta. You will clearly see the ascending and descending aorta with the brachiocephalic, left common carotid and left subclavian branches. A cross section of the right pulmonary artery will also be seen. This is a common view for echo techs but general and vascular sonographers tend to only evaluate the abdominal aorta. If suspicious for trouble north, try this view to complete your exam. Thanks Richie!